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Publishedby:VR-Zone

October5th,2011

VR-Zone.com|StufffortheGeeks!

OlympusPenE-P3Review:

ThisPenismightierthanyour

compactcamera

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/olympus-pen-e-p3-review-this-pen-is-

mightier-than-your-compact-camera/13611.html

October5th,2011

VR-Zone|StufffortheGeeksisabi-weeklypublication

coveringthelatestgadgetsandstuffforthegeeks.

AMDFX-6100listedine-tailer

bundles

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-fx-6100-listed-in-e-tailer-

bundles/13690.html

October5th,2011

TheOlympusPenE-P3isoneofthethreecamerasthatwere

announcedinSingaporeataneventatendJunethisyear,

andboaststheworld'sfastestautofocusing(AF)viaFrequency

AccelerationSensorAFsystemandalensincorporatingthe

MSC(MovieandStillCompatible)mechanism.Inthisreview,

VR-Zonehaveahands-onthenewmicrofour-thirdscamera

andseeifitshootsaswellasitlooks.

WhenOlympuslaunchedtheirfirstPenseriesE-P1micro

four-thirdsdigitalcamerain2009,itgarneredmanyfavorable

reviews.Andbasedonthesuccessoftheirnewlineofmicro

four-thirdproducts,thecameramanufacturerhasunveiled

theOlympusPenE-P3whichisoneofthelatestmodels

inthePenseriesannouncedthisyear.TheE-P3resembles

itseldersiblings,theE-P2andE-P1,thoughitcomeswith

fewimprovementsoverall.Thecameraclaimstoincorporate

theworld'sfastestautofocusing,achievedwiththeFAST

(FrequencyAccelerationSensor)AFsystem,andfeatures

12.3-megapixelHighSpeedLiveMOSSensorwith1080i

fullhighdefinitionmoviecompatibilityandhighISO12,800

sensitivity.

Here'salookattheE-P3specification,

1

OneofthetopAmericane-tailers,TigerDirect,hasrevealed

AMD'supcomingFX-6100aspartofseveralbundles-ranging

frommotherboardtofullsystembundles.Thepriceforthe

FX-6100islistedas$189.Notsurprisingly,theFX-6100isnot

listedindividually.

OneofthetopAmericane-tailers,TigerDirect,hasrevealed

AMD'supcomingFX-6100aspartofseveralbundles-ranging

frommotherboardtofullsystembundles.Thepriceforthe

FX-6100islistedas$189.Notsurprisingly,theFX-6100isnot

listedindividually.

Interestingly,somebundles,suchasMSI 990FX + FX-6100,

claimtobeshippingasearlyas"within24hours".However,

theAsus Sabertooth + FX-6100bundlehasamorerealistic

timeframeof7-21days.

Sincethereisnoindividuallisting,therearenodetailed

specificationsmentionedforFX-6100.However,theheading

itselfrevealsa3.3GHzbaseclock,14MBtotalcacheanda95W

TDP-allinaccordancewithreportsthusfar.

Ofcourse,thesebundlepublicationsarelikelytobeinbreach

ofNDAsandmaybetakendownfromthewebsitesoon.

Tillthen,youcanreviewalistofFX-6100 bundles here.

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October5th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

OlympusE-P3

Drivemode

Single-frameshooting,

Sequentialshooting,Self-

timer

Approximately3frames/sec

Available

USB2.0,miniHDMI,

video-out,dedicatedmulti-

connector(Video:

NTSC/PALselectable,

OptionalremotecableRM-

UC1,USB)

BLS-1/BLS-5Lithium-ion

battery(included)

122x69.1x34.3(excluding

protrusions)

369g(includingbatteryand

memorycard)

Lensmount

EffectivePixels

ImageStabilizer

Monitor

Dustreduction

Lenssystem

LiveMOSsensor

Magnificationratio

Filterarray

AFsystem

Meteringsystem

MicroFourThirdsMount

12.3millionpixels

Builtin(Imagershiftimage

stabilizer)

3-inchOLEDTouchscreen

Display

SupersonicWaveFilter(dust

reductionsystemforimage

sensor)

MicroFourThirds

interchangeable

HighspeedLiveMOSSensor

x5,x7,x10(Default),x14

Primarycolorfilter(RGB)

ImageContrastDetectionAF

System/AFAssist

TTLImageSensormetering

Sequentialshootspeed

Built-inflash

Input/Output

Battery

Dimensions

Weight

system

EV0-20

SDmemorycard(SDHC,

SDXC,UHS-Icompatible),

Eye-Fi

1.33(4:3)

DCF,DPOF,compatible/Exif,

PRINTImageMatchingIII

RAW(12-bitlossless

compressopmJPEG,RAW-

JPEG,MPO(3Dstill)

[RAW]4032x3024pixels;

[JPEG]4032x3024pixels-

640x480pixels

AVCHD/AVIMotionJPG

AVCHD:Max4GB/AVI

Motion-JPEG:Max2GB

Portrait,e-Portrait,

Landscape,Landscape+

Portrait,Macro,Sport,

Nightscene,Night+Portrait,

Children,Highkey,Lowkey,

3D

DISmode,NatureMacro,

Candle,Sunset,Document,

Panorama,

Fireworks,Beach&Snow,

FisheyeConv,WideConv,

MacroConv

AUTO:ISO200-12800

(customizable,default200-

1600)

6settings(3000K-7500K)

Lamp(3000K),Fluorescent

(4000K),

Daylight(5300K),Flash

(5500K),Cloudy(6000K),

Shade(7500K)

FromIDF:RetinaQuality

2560x1600HDPanelsonIvy

BridgeUltrabooks

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/from-idf-retina-quality-2560x1600-hd-

panels-on-ivy-bridge-ultrabooks/13689.html

October5th,2011

With2560x1400'retina'displaysexpectedonIvyBridge

Ultrabooksnextyear,eventhe2048x1536iPad3maynothave

theportablehi-resleadforlong.But,whynot16:102560x1600

theninstead?Makesiteasiertoseethephotographsand

documentsinrealproportion...

Duringthepastmonth'sIDF,thereweremanyinteresting

disclosuresandevenstrategicdirectionsunveiled,especially

whenitcomestoIntel'smobileproductexpansion.

Ultrabooks,thenewcategoryofultraslim,verylightfull

functionnotebookPCsthatofferrealPCexperienceatnear-

tabletsizeandweight,werethefocusthere-inparticular,their

displays.

Whataboutthedisplays?AllthosebeautifulslimUltrabooks

ontheshowfloorhadtypicallya13-inchclass,1366x768'HD

ready'display-yesthesameuseless16:9moviescreenwithless

verticalrealestatethanany5yearoldnotebook.Howwillthat

comparewith,10inchclassiPad32048x1536display,withnot

only3xthepixelcountbutalsomuchmoreuseful4:3aspect

ratio?

Enter'retinaquality'Ultrabooks.Earlynextyear,whenIvy

BridgeUltrabookmodelsarrive,expecttosee2560x144013.3

inchdisplaysjustsome3mmthick,tosatisfythesystem

thicknessrequirements.Takealookattheslides...

2

Meteringrange

Memory

Aspectratio

Recordingformat

Fileformat

Recordingimagesize

Movierecording

FileSize

SceneselectAE

ISOsensitivity

Presetwhitebalance

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October5th,2011

Now,a2560x1440Ultrabookwouldhavealotofpixels,over

3andahalfmillion,tobeprecise,butthewidemoviescreen

factorwouldleavemanyofthoseunused,evenifeditingtypical

photosordocumentsorwebpages.Havinga2560x1600

full4Mpixelscreenat16:10would,here,enablenotjust

betterusabilitybutalsomorebeneficialtabletconfiguration,

whichsomeUltrabookswilloffer.A16:9tabletscreenisjust

tooelongated,exceptforAngryBirdsplayingormoviefile

watching.And,sincethesearePREMIUMUltrabooks,the5%

orsothatstingypanelvendorssavebyglasscuttingisnot

Publishedby:VR-Zone

ACRyanintroducesVEOLO

digitalhomeentertainment

device

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/ac-ryan-introduces-veolo-digital-home-

entertainment-device/13688.html

October5th,2011

ACRyanhasunveiledtheVEOLOsmartAndroidhubthat

claimstoofferapps,Internet,andmediastreameronyourTV,

atthecomfortofyourhome.TheVEOLOisequippedwith

ARMCortexA91GHzprocessor,onboard512MBDDR3andis

basedonGoogleAndroid2.2Froyomobileoperatingsystem.

ACRyanhaslaunchedVEOLOdigitalhomeentertainment

devicethatclaimstoofferapps,internet,andamedia

streamer,allonyourTV.TheVEOLOisbasedontheGoogle

Android2.2Froyomobileoperatingsystemandbrings

enhancedexperience,includingcasualgamesandsocial

media.Thebuilt-inwebbrowserandJavasupportallowusers

toviewFlashwebsitesandstreamvideosonTV.Youcan

alsostreamyourlibraryofmovies,musicandpicturesinFull

highdefinition(HD)with1GigabitwiredLAN.Inaddition,

thedeviceisequippedwithARMCortexA91GHzprocessor,

onboard512MBDDR3memoryandoffersbuilt-inwireless

802.11b/g/nLAN.

Youcanaccessthefunctionalityofakeyboardandmouse,

wirelessmotioncontrollerwiththebundled3-in-1remote

control.TheACRyanVEOLOwillretailinNovember2011,

andendOctoberinSingaporeatasuggestedretailpriceofS

$329.

ArcticCoolingreleasedtwo

newVGAcoolers

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/arctic-cooling-released-two-new-vga-

coolers/13687.html

October5th,2011

worththetroubleonsuchtopendmachines.

Eitherway,exceptthisstuffinaboutsixmonthsfromnow,too.

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October5th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

ArcticCooling,thewellknownmanufacturerfrom

Switzerland,todayreleasedtwonewVGAcoolersaimingat

differentsegmentsofthemarket.Thefirstcooler,baptized

"AcceleroTwinTurbo6990",isaverypowerfuldualfancooler

designedespeciallyfortheAMDRadeonHD6990.Thesecond

product,the"AcceleroS1PLUS"isauniversal,passivecooler.

Readonfordetails.

ArcticCooling,thewellknownmanufacturerfrom

Switzerland,todayreleasedtwonewVGAcoolersaimingat

differentsegmentsofthemarket.Thefirstcooler,baptized

"AcceleroTwinTurbo6990",isaverypowerfuldualfancooler

designedespeciallyfortheAMDRadeonHD6990.Thesecond

product,the"AcceleroS1PLUS"isauniversal,passivecooler.

ThecompanyclaimsthattheirnewAcceleroTwinTurbo

6990isthemostpowerfulVGAcoolerever.Withtwo120mm

PWMcontrolledquietfansandacoolingcapacityof400Wit

certainlyseemstobeaveryimpressiveproduct.

Ontheotherhand,theAcceleroS1PLUSisanentirelypassive

VGAcoolerdesignedformaximumcompatibilityandabsolute

silence.Ofcoursethelatterisobvious,sincetherearenofans

oranymovingpartsatall,whileArcticCoolingclaimsthat

thiscoolercanbemountedonover80differentmodelsof

midrangetohigh-endcards.Thecoolerappearstobeagood

valueat49.95$USD.

ApplelaunchestheiPhone4S

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-launches-the-

iphone-4s/13686.html

October5th,2011

Thiscoolerhasbeendesignedasauniquesolutionforthe

newestAMDRadeonHD6990VGAcard,obviouslyaiming

towardsbothhardcoreoverclockersanduserswhofoundthe

stockcoolingsolutiontooloud.Finally,ArcticCoolingalso

designedthemostexpensiveVGAcoolerinhistory,withthe

AcceleroTwinTurbo6990retailingfor149.95$USD.

TheiPhone4Shasfinallylandedanditseemslikemostof

thechangeshastakenplaceontheinsideandasexpected,

AppleupdateditwiththesameAppleA5processorastheiPad

2.Appleclaimsuptotwicetheperformanceanduptoseven

timesfastergraphicscomparedtotheiPhone4.

TheiPhone4Shasfinallylandedanditseemslikemostof

thechangeshastakenplaceontheinsideandasexpected,

AppleupdateditwiththesameAppleA5processorastheiPad

2.Appleclaimsuptotwicetheperformanceanduptoseven

timesfastergraphicscomparedtotheiPhone4.

Bynowyou'veprobablyfiguredoutthatperformanceshould

beslightlyfasterthantheiPad2thankstotheslightlylower

resolutionscreen(960x640vs1024x768).Appleistoutingthe

iPhone4SasagreatgamingdevicethankstothePowerVR

SGX543MP2graphicscorefromImaginationTechnologies,

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October5th,2011

althoughonceagainitshouldbesimilartotheiPad2interms

ofgraphicsperformance.

Appleclaimsupto8h3Gtalktime,or14h2Gtalktime,

alternatively6hofwebbrowsingover3Gor9hoverWi-Fi.

It'salsomeanttodoeither10hofvideoplaybackor40hof

musicplayback.That'saslightimprovementovertheiPhone

4intermsof3Gtalktime,butslightlyworseforWi-Fiweb

browsing.Ontheplusside,Applehasaddedsupportfor

14.4MbpsHSDPA(theiPhone4supports7.2Mbps)although

theHSUPAspeedremainsthesameat5.8Mbps.Forthosein

CDMAcountriesthereallygoodnewsisthattheiPhone4Sis

whatisgenerallyreferredtoasaWorldPhone,asinitworks

onbothCDMAandGSM/WCDMAnetworks.

Thecamerahasbeenboostedfrom5MegapixelsoftheiPhone

4to8MegapixlesfortheiPhone5.ThenewCMOSsensor

hasbacksideilluminationwhichAppleclaimscancapture73

percentmorelight.Furthermorethenewcameracaptures

pictures33percentfasterandithasanewhybridIRfilter

that'ssaidtoofferbettercolouraccuracyandbettercolour

uniformity.Applehasalsokittedoutthecamerawithanew

f/2.4lenswithfivelenselementsthatthecompanyclaimsis30

percentsharper.Addtothisanewimagesignalprocessorin

theA5SoCthataddsfacedetectionand26percentimproved

whitebalanceanda1.1secondtimetofirstshotand0.5second

shottoshotandyou'relookingataprettyseriousphone

snapper.

Applehasfinallycaughtupwiththecompetition,butnot

overtakenthembyadding1080pvideorecordingsupport

totheiPhone4S,aswellasvideostabilization(electronic

weguess)andsomethingthecompanycallstemporalnoise

reduction.FinallyAppleaddedsupportforAirPlaymirroring

whichmeansthatyoucanplaygamesonthebigscreen,

althoughwe'renotsurehowpopularthisfeaturewouldbe,as

althoughtheiPhonehassomeofthebesthandheldgamesout

there,wedoubtthatthey'lllookgoodona1080pscreen.

ThemosttalkedaboutfeatureaheadofthelaunchwasApple's

newvoiceassistantandit'scalledSiri.It'saspeechrecognition

Publishedby:VR-Zone

andvoicecommandfeaturethatallowsyoutogivevoice

commandstoyourphone.Astohowwellthiswillworkfor

non-nativespeakersorthosewithastrongaccentordialect

isyettobeseenandwecanimaginetheamountofproblems

Siriwillsufferfrom.SiriwillworkwithUK,USandAustralian

EnglishaswellasFrenchandGermanatlaunch,butAppleis

promisingtoaddmorelanguagesovertime.There'snodoubt

ApplehasspentalotofresourcesondevelopingSiri,it'sjust

thateverysinglevoicecommandorspeechrecognitionsystem

we'veeverusedovertheyearhasproventohavesomekindof

issues.

Sirioffersalotofadvancedfeaturesthatwehaven'tseenfrom

othervoicecommandprogramsandit'sclearthatAppleis

takingadvantageoftheCPUpoweronofferfromtheA5SoC.

ThingslikeremindercanbesettoaspecificlocationandSiri

rememberwhospecificpeopleare.We'dpresumethatthere's

somethingofalearningcurveherewheresomethingshave

tobesetupmanuallybeforeSiricandosomeofthetaskson

offer,butatleastsomeofthefunctionalityappearstobepretty

handy.

That'saboutitfortheiPhone4S,it'llbeavailableinblackor

whiteandit'llofcourseruniOS5.The16GBmodelisgoing

forUS$199,the32GBforUS$299andamuchhopedfor64GB

versionforUS$399.Atthesametimethe8GBiPhone3GS

isnowavailableforfreewhilethere'sanew8GBiPhone4

availableforUS$99,allpricesincludesatwoyearcontract

tie-inofcourse.TheiPhone4Swillbeavailableforpre-order

onOctober7thwithinitialavailabilityintheUS,Canada,

Australia,theUK,France,GermanyandJapanonthe14thwith

another22countries-includingSingapore-addedonthe28th

andanother70countriesbeforetheendoftheyear.Itseems

liketheiPhone5rumoursweren'ttrueafterall…

Formoredetailedcoveragefromtheevent,wesuggestyouhit

upEngadget.

Fujitsulaunchesitsown

versionofanUltrabook

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/fujitsu-launches-its-own-version-of-an-

ultrabook/13685.html

October5th,2011

InasmuchasIntel'sUltrabookshavetheirmerits,wecan't

helpbutwonderwhyanyonewouldgetoversomethinglike

say,thenewFujitsuLifebookSH76/E,asherewehavean

ultra-light13.3-inchnotebookwithafullfatCPUanda6-cell

battery.It'snottheonlyoneofitskindeither,asToshibahas

beenofferingasimilarmachineforquitesometimenowinthe

shapeofitsPortegeR830andolderR730.

InasmuchasIntel'sUltrabookshavetheirmerits,wecan't

helpbutwonderwhyanyonewouldgetoversomethinglike

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October5th,2011

say,thenewFujitsuLifebookSH76/E,asherewehavean

ultra-light13.3-inchnotebookwithafullfatCPUanda6-cell

battery.It'snottheonlyoneofitskindeither,asToshibahas

beenofferingasimilarmachineforquitesometimenowinthe

shapeofitsPortegeR830andolderR730.

TheLifebookSH76/Eweighsinatamere1.34kg,that'sabout

thesameweightasAcer'snewUltrabook.Whatwedidn't

mentionisthatthisiswiththeopticaldrivefitted,slideitout

andreplaceitwithaweighsaverandtheLifebookSH76/E

isamere1.22kg,that'slighterthanmanynetbooks.Addinga

bitofextraweightisasecondary27Wbatterypackthatcan

alsobefittedinlieuoftheopticaldriveandcombinedwith

thestandard72Wh6-cellbatterypack,Fujitsuclaims18.2h

batterylife,althoughthestandardbatteryissaidtobegood

forupto13.7hofusagewithouttheopticaldriveinstalled.

ThisprettymuchblowsawaytheUltrabooksintermsof

batterylifeandwehaven'tevengottentothefeautres.For

starters,theLifebookSH76/EcomeswithaCorei5-2520M

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Luxa2announcesitsiPhone5

casesaheadofApple'slaunch

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/luxa2-announces-its-iphone-5-cases-

ahead-of-apple-s-launch/13684.html

October5th,2011

We'renotsurethiswasthesmartestmoveinhistory,but

Luxa2,adivisionofThermaltakehassentoutitspressrelease

aboutitsnewiPhone5casesshowingoffatotalof13different

designs.Althoughtheimagesdoesn'tgiveawaytoomuchin

termsofdetails,there'sonefrontshotofadummyunitwhich

suggeststhatAppledecidedtokeeptheroundbuttonforat

leastoneofitsrumouredtwonewmodelsthatareexpectedto

launchlatertodayUStime.

We'renotsurethiswasthesmartestmoveinhistory,but

Luxa2,adivisionofThermaltakehassentoutitspressrelease

aboutitsnewiPhone5casesshowingoffatotalof13different

designs.Althoughtheimagesdoesn'tgiveawaytoomuchin

termsofdetails,there'sonefrontshotofadummyunitwhich

suggeststhatAppledecidedtokeeptheroundbuttonforat

leastoneofitsrumouredtwonewmodelsthatareexpectedto

launchlatertodayUStime.

Ifnothingelseit'sagreatwayofgettingsomefreepublicity,

asiPhone'scasesareadimeadozenthesedaysandalthough

Luxa2hascomeupwithacoupleofslightlyunusuallooking

casessuchasawoodenoneandabraidedone,theotherare

fairlygenericintermsoflook,althoughsixmodelsappearto

themadeofclearplasticwithvariouspatterns.

CPUwhichisclockedat2.5GHzbutwhichwillturboallthe

wayupto3.2GHz.There'sspaceforapairofSO-DIMMsand

upto8GBofRAMcanbefitted,althoughitshipswith4GB

asstandard.Storagecomesinthesameofa128GBmSATA

SSDandthisispartlywhathelpstokeeptheweightdown,but

thenagain,manyUltrabooksareexpectedtoshipwithmSATA

SSD's.

Connectivityisn'tbadeither,asFujitsuhasmanagedtofita

pairofUSB2.0ports,asingleUSB3.0port,aD-subconnector,

anHDMIport,aGigabitEthernetport,anSDcardslot,a

singleaudiojackandevenanExpressCard/34slot.Addtothat

802.11b/g/nWi-FiandoptionalWiMAXsupportandthisis

farmoreimpressivethanyouraverageUltrabook.Weshould

alsomentionthatthedisplayhasatypicalnotebookresolution

of1366x768.

Sook,theLifebookSH76/Emightnotbequiteasthinas

theUltrabooksat16.6mmatitsthinnestand23.2mmatits

thickest,butwe'requitehappytolivewiththatslightlythicker

profileconsideringalltheextrafeatures.There'sonlyone

problem,theaskingprice,astheLifebookSH76/Ewillhit

retailinJapanlaterthismonthfor180,000Yen(S$3,075/US

$2,345)abouttwicethepriceofAcer'sUltrabook.

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Publishedby:VR-Zone

LGlaunchesOptimusLTE,

first4GHDsmartphonein

Korea

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-launches-optimus-lte-first-4g-hd-

smartphone-in-korea/13683.html

October5th,2011

Ifthedummyfittedtothecasesturnsouttobeanythinglike

therealdeal,whichwe'dexpectittobethisclosetolaunch,

thenwe'rebacktoametalbackwithaplasticApplelogo.

Thelogoisusedtoimprovetheantennasignalswhichwould

beblockedbythemetalbackotherwise.Thecameradoesn't

appeartohavechangedinanysignificantwayasfarasthe

designisconcerned,butthat'saboutasmuchaswecantell

fromthepictures.

Thevolumebuttonshavechangedintoaslimlinerocker

designanditappearsasifthelockswitchhasbeenmovedright

nexttothecameraontheoppositesideofthevolumerocker.

Asfarasthefrontofthephoneisconcerned,well,itdoesn't

lookthatdifferent,butit'spossiblethatApplehassuppliedthe

casemanufacturerswithdummyunitsthatdon'tgiveawaythe

rumouredfrontre-design.Makewhatyouwantofthis,butthe

waitisalmostover.

LGKoreahasannouncedthelaunchoftheirnewOptimus

LTEsmartphone,whichclaimstobethefirstmobiledevice

inthecountrytoleadLongTermEvolution(LTE)withhigh

definitionIPSdisplaytechnology.Unfortunately,nowordas

towhenthisphonewillbeavailableoutsideKoreathough.

LGKoreahasannouncedthelaunchofOptimusLTE,which

claimstobethefirstmobiledeviceinthecountrytooffer4G

connectivitywiththehighestresolutionIPSdisplayavailable

onasmartphone.TheLGOptimusLTEfeaturesabrilliant

4.5-inch"TrueHDIPS”displaywhichclaimstoprovide

higherresolution,brightnessandclarity,showingnatural

colors.Itisequippedwitha1.5GHzdual-coreprocessor,

runsAndroid2.3Gingerbreadmobileoperatingsystemand

comeswithahighcapacity1,830mAhbattery.Ontopofthat,

thesmartphonealsooffersseamlesscontentsharingthrough

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HDMIandDLNA.AvailabilityoftheLGOptimusLTEin

marketsoutsideofKoreahasnotbeenconfirmed.

GeForce600brandingleaked

in285BETAdrivers

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/geforce-600-branding-leaked-in-285-

beta-drivers/13682.html

October5th,2011

Inthelatestunreleased285BETAdrivers,theexpected

GeForce600brandinghassurfaced.Themarketingnames

leakedareNVIDIAGeForce610MandNVIDIAGeForceGT

630M.TheGeForce610MislikelytobeanentrylevelGPU

whiletheGeForceGT630McouldverywellbeaGK107SKU.

Inthelatestunreleased285BETAdrivers,theexpected

GeForce600brandinghassurfaced.Themarketingnames

leakedareNVIDIAGeForce610MandNVIDIAGeForceGT

630M.TheGeForce610MislikelytobeanentrylevelGPU

whiletheGeForceGT630McouldverywellbeaGK107 SKU.

BetweenGK107 newsandtheseleaks,itseemsevidentthat

NVIDIAisconcentratingonsmallmobileGPUstodebutit's

next-genlineofGPUs.

NokiaAceandSabrespecs

leak

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-ace-and-sabre-specs-

leak/13681.html

Publishedby:VR-Zone

5Megapixelautofocuscamera.Theonlynovelfeaturehereis

interchangeablebackcovers,atypicalNokiafeature.

TheAceontheotherhandwillbeNokia'sflagshipphone,

butwehaveahardtimegettingexcitedaboutasinglecore

1.4GHzWindowsPhone7device,eventhoughNokiaissaid

tobekittingitoutwitha4.3-inchAMOLEDdisplayandan

8MegapixelCarlZeissbrandedcamerawithautofocus.It's

alsosaidtohave16GBofstorage,a1,800mAhbatteryand

HSPA+connectivity.Nokiawillofcourselaunchallofits

upcomingWindowsPhone7deviceswiththeMangorelease

oftheOS.

Wecan'tbutfeelalittlebitsorryforNokia,asitsnewhandsets

willberunninglastyear'shardwarebythetheyarrivein

quantityinthemarket.It'slessthanthreemonthsleftofthis

yearandthehandsetsaren'texpecttolaunchattheearliest

towardstheendofthismonth.NokiaWorld2011hasbeen

suggestedasapotentiallaunchplatformandthattakesplaces

onthe26thand27thofOctoberinLondon.Atthisrate,Nokia

iswillinglygivingawayitsmarketsharetoitscompetitors,as

thecompanysimplydoesn'thavecompetitiveproducts,unless

ofcourseyouonlycountotherWindowsPhone7handsetsthat

is.

AMDandIntel'supcoming

platformsgetcertifiedbythe

PCI-SIG

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-and-intel-s-upcoming-platforms-

get-certified-by-the-pci-sig/13680.html

October5th,2011

October5th,2011

Wedon'tgenerallybrowsethePCI-SIG'swebsite,butwe

happeneduponsomeinterestinginformationsomewhatby

accidentasweweresearchingforsomethingunrelated.It

seemslikethePCI-SIGhascertifiednotonlyAMD'supcoming

TrinityAPU,butalsoIntel'supcoming2012desktopand

mobileplatforms,althoughit'snotwhatyouthink.

Wedon'tgenerallybrowsethePCI-SIG'swebsite,butwe

happeneduponsomeinterestinginformationsomewhatby

accidentasweweresearchingforsomethingunrelated.It

seemslikethePCI-SIGhascertifiednotonlyAMD'supcoming

TrinityAPU,butalsoIntel'supcoming2012desktopand

mobileplatforms,althoughit'snotwhatyouthink.

ThecertificationlistcoversPCIExpress2.0compliant

hardwareandbothAMD'sTrinityAPUwithassociated

referenceplatformandIntel'sMahoBayandChiefRiver

motherboardplatformshavepassedcertification.Doesthis

meanwewon'tseePCIExpress3.0supportfromeither

companynextyear?Well,no,itjustmeansthatbothplatforms

arecompliantwiththecurrentstandardsandthattheycan

operateatspeedsof5GT/sorGB/sifyouprefer.

DetailsofNokia'supcomingWindowsPhone7handsetsare

startingtoappearifwe'retobelievetherumours.Aswith

everyotherWindowsPhonehandsetmaker,Nokiaseemsto

belimitedtothesameQualcommSoCandinthiscaseit'sthe

MSM8x55dependingonCDMA/UMTSsupport,eventhough

therumoursareonlymentioninga1.4GHzprocessorwithout

specifyingthemodel.

DetailsofNokia'supcomingWindowsPhone7handsetsare

startingtoappearifwe'retobelievetherumours.Aswith

everyotherWindowsPhonehandsetmaker,Nokiaseemsto

belimitedtothesameQualcommSoCandinthiscaseit'sthe

MSM8x55dependingonCDMA/UMTSsupport,eventhough

therumoursareonlymentioninga1.4GHzprocessorwithout

specifyingthemodel.

TheSabreappearstobesimilartothealreadyleakedSeaRay,

asbothhandsetsaresaidtofeaturea3.7-inchdisplay,

althoughwithSabrebeingthelower-endhandsetitgetsto

makedowithastandardLCDdisplayovertheAMOLED

displayfittedintheSeaRay.Sabreisalsosaidtofeature

8GBofinternalstorage,25GBoffreeSkyDrivestorageanda

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WeshouldalsomentionthatIntel'sSandyBridge-EandIvy

BridgeCPU'sareasyetnotonthelistandincaseofall

fourlistedproducts,it'sonlythex16slotthathasbeentested

accordingtothesliminformationprovidedonthePCI-SIG

website.However,lookingatthelistitdoesn'tlookentirely

complete,asthereareseveralcurrentproductsmissingfrom

thelist.

Inrelatednews,AsushasfinallyannounceditsfirstPCI

Express3.0enabledmotherboards.VR-Zonehaskeptout

ofthebickeringthat'sbeengoingonbetweenthevarious

motherboardmanufacturerswithregardstoGen3support

ornot,butwewouldjustliketohighlightthefacthere

thatAsusismakingsimilarclaimstoGigabytewithregards

tocompatibilityandhasalistofolderP67,H67andH61

motherboardsalongsidemostofitsZ68boards.Theonlybad

newsisthatownersoftheMaximusIVExtreme-Zwon'tbe

gettingGen3support,althoughAsusclaimsthattheboard

willworkwithIvyBridgeCPUs.Forthefulllistofsupported

motherboards,headovertotheAsus website.

AcerASPIRES3Ultrabook

Review

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/acer-aspire-s3-ultrabook-

review/13679.html

Publishedby:VR-Zone

TheUltrabookwasthemosttalk-aboutsubjectatthe

COMPUTEX2011computerexpoinTaiwanthisyear.Anda

numberofmanufacturersalsotooktheopportunitytolaunch

theirUltrabookattherecentIntelDeveloperForum(IDF)

2011.Beforeweproceed,let'slookatwhatisanUltrabook.

AttheCOMPUTEX2011,thechipgiantproposedtheideaof

makingthenotebookPCmoreportableanduser-friendlywith

improvedendurancetomeettheneedsofusersforatleasta

day.Butmostimportantly,thepricewouldhavetobebelow

US$1,000.

TheAcerASPIRES3fromTaiwanclaimstobethefirst

ultrabookonthemarketanditwasofficiallylaunchedon28

Septemberwithannouncedavailabilitydetails,specifications

andpricing,listedbelowforyourreference.

Specifications

October5th,2011

Aspire

Aspire

S3-951-2464G33iss01S3-951-2464G23iss02

Processor

IntelCore

i5-2467M1.6GHz

TurboBoost

2.3GHz

IntelCore

i5-2467M1.6GHz

TurboBoost

2.3GHz

Chipset

Display

Memory

Storage

Battery

IntelUM67ChipsetIntelUM67Chipset

13.3-inch13.3-inch(1366x

(1366x768)16:9768)

DDR34GBx1DDR34GBx1

320GB7mmSATA240GBSSD

HDD+20GBSSD

3cell/6hours3cell/7hours

TheUltrabookisanewcategoryofthinandlightweight

ultraportablelaptop(definedbyIntel)thatareequippedwith

newSandyBridge/IvyBridgebasedConsumerUltra-Low

Voltage(CULV)Intelprocessors,integratedgraphicsandSSD

storage.TaiwanesemanufacturerAcerhasrecentlylaunched

theirASPIRES3UltrabookinTaipei,andVR-Zonemanaged

togetoneinforreview.

Ports

USB/HDMI/

memorycard

reader

USB/HDMI/

memorycard

reader

Wireless

Bluetooth

Webcam

802.11b/g/N802.11b/g/N

Bluetooth4.0Bluetooth4.0

1.3-megapixel1.3-megapixel

Others

1.33kg/4thgen

DolbyDigital/

13mm

1.33kg/4thgen

DolbyDigital/

13mm

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-1000HzUltrapolling/1msresponsetime

AspireAspire

S3-951-2464G33iss01S3-951-2464G23iss02

Pricing

NT$34,900NT

(approx.US$1,140)$44,900(approx.

-5independentlyprogrammableHyperesponsebuttons

US$1,466)

RazerunveilsTransformers3

gamingperipheralswithmovie

DVD/Blu-rayrelease

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/razer-unveils-transformers-3-gaming-

peripherals-with-movie-dvdblu-ray-release/13678.html

October5th,2011

BesidestheTransformers3DVD/Blu-raymovierelease,you

cannowownapieceoflimitededitionTransformers3gaming

peripheralfromRazer.Razer,withlicensefromHasbro,

hasunveiledtheirnewrangeofTransformers3gaming

-On-the-flysensitivityadjustments

-60–120inchespersecondand15gofacceleration

-Zero-acousticRazergaminggradeUltraslickmousefeet

-Gold-platedUSBconnector

-7-ftlightweight,braidedfibercable

-Approx.sizeinmm:128(L)x70(W)x42.5(H)

SandyBridge-EshouldhitC2

steppingafterlaunch

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandy-bridge-e-should-hit-c2-stepping-

after-launch/13677.html

October5th,2011

peripherals.

WeknewthatIntel'sSandyBridge-Echipswerebigand

complicatedtomake,butwhatwedidn'texpectwasthatIntel

wasgoingtocontinuouslykeeprunningintoproblems.The

currentC1steppingisapparentlyhavingproblemswithVT-

d,notamajorissueformostconsumers'maybe,butit'sa

hugeproblemwhenitcomestoXeonchipsandassuchIntel

isworkingontheC2steppingtofixthis"errata".

WeknewthatIntel'sSandyBridge-Echipswerebigand

complicatedtomake,butwhatwedidn'texpectwasthatIntel

wasgoingtocontinuouslykeeprunningintoproblems.The

currentC1steppingisapparentlyhavingproblemswithVT-

d,notamajorissueformostconsumers'maybe,butit'sa

hugeproblemwhenitcomestoXeonchipsandassuchIntel

isworkingontheC2steppingtofixthis"errata".

TheonlygoodnewshereforIntel,ifyoulookatthatway,

isthatitscurrentExtremeEditionCPU'sdon'tsupportVT-d,

neitherdoestheSandyBridgeK-SKUCPU's,soasfarasthe

consumerplatformisconcerneditlooksliketherewon'tbe

anyfurtherdelays,buttheinitialbatchshouldbeC1stepping

ratherthanC2.TheC1steppingshouldbeinproductionby

now,orbythelatestbynextweek,althoughwedon'tknow

whenIntelwillkickoffproductionoftheC2stepping,but

it'sverypossibleitwon'tbeuntilnextyearasqualification

samplesoftheC2steppingisn'texpecteduntiltheveryendof

theyear.

Aswe'vementionedbefore,IntelwillonlycertifytheWaimea

BayplatformforPCIExpress2.0atlaunch,duetothefactthat

therearen'tenoughthirdpartycardstotestwith.SomePCI

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Razer,underlicensefromHasbro,hasunleashedaunique

Transformers3:DarkoftheMoonCollector’sEditionproduct

linenowavailableonDVDandBlu-Ray.Thefouruniquely

designedRazerDeathAddermiceintheformofOPTIMUS

PRIME,BUMBLEBEE,MEGATRONandSHOCKWAVE,

claimtoofferunparalleledgamingperformance.Alsoincluded

intheproductlineisadual-sidedRazerVespulamousemat

wherebyonesiderepresentstheAUTOBOTSwithaspeed-

enhancingsurface,andtheother,theDECEPTICONSwith

acontrol-enhancingsurface.Youcanshowcaseyourfavored

allegianceasyouannihilateopponentswithyourpreferred

styleofswiping.AnexclusivelaptopcasedesignedbyRazeris

alsoavailableinfouriconicTRANSFORMERSbrandcolors,

deliveringastylishandeye-catchingstoragesolution.

Price:US$59.99

Availability:NorthAmerica(RetailandRazerzone.com)–

AvailableNow;RestoftheWorld–Q42011

Productfeatures:

-Ergonomicright-handeddesign

-3500dpiRazerprecision3.5Ginfraredsensor

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Express3.0devicesarestilllikelytowork,butInteldoesn't

guaranteecompatibility.Thismakesuswonderifthecurrent

6-seriesmotherboardwithGen3switcheswillactuallywork

properlyoncecardsandmoreimportantly,IvyBridgeCPU's

arrive.

Wealsohavesomegoodnewsforthosewantingtocontinueto

useWindowsXP,theWaimeaBayplatformwillbecompatible

withboth32-bitand64-bitversionsofWindowsXP,although

Intelwon'tbeprovidingRapidStoragedriversforthe32-

bitversionofXPandassuchthestandardWindowsdrivers

willbehandlingthings.Theplatformwillalsobesupporting

Windows8onceMicrosoftlaunchesit.

Wecan'tbutfeelsorryforthemotherboardmanufacturersas

well,aswe'rehearingthatIntelhasjackedthepriceoftheX79

chipsetupby20percentcomparedtotheX58chipset,which

putstheX79chipsetsomewhereintheUS$70region.Thisis

ofcoursethelistpriceandwithvariousdiscountsandwhat

not,Intelmightverywellbesellingitforfarless.However,

we'relookingatachipsetthatoffersnothingnewoverthe

X58chipsetintermsoffeaturesandit'sthesizeofanyof

the6-serieschipsets,i.e.itshouldbecheapertomanufacture

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comeupwiththisbackwardssolution,butitreallylookslike

justyetanotherartificiallimitationthatislikelytoupset

consumers.

We'vealsogotfulldetailswithregardstothegraphics

resolutionsthataresupportedaswellasconfirmationofthe

clockspeeds.TheN2800(andD2700)hastheGPUclockedat

640MHzwhiletheN2600(andD2500)getstomakedowith

a400MHzGPUclock,althoughtherenderclockisrunningat

aslower200MHzforallmodels.

AllfourCPUssupporteDP/DisplayPort,HDMI1.3a,LDVS

(singlechannel)andD-sub/analoguedisplayconnectivity.

However,whenitcomestosupportedresolutionsthingsget

complicated.Forthecaseofsimplicitywe'veincludedthe

tableprovidedbyIntel,butit'sveryclearthatthemobile

versionsareartificiallyheldbackwhenitcomestothedisplay

resolutionofthenetbook/notebook,althoughconsidering

mostnotebookdisplayshavearesolutionof1366x768from

11.6to15.6-inches,thisisn'tahugeissue.Whatisstrange

thoughistheDisplayPortlimitationforexternaldisplaysfor

theN-seriesCPUsandyou'rebetteroffusingHDMIinthis

case.Notethatonlytwodisplayscanbeusedsimultaneously.

thantheX58chipsetwhichconsistsoftheI/OHubandthe

ICH10R.Nowifthereonlywassomecompetition…

IntelrevealsAtomN2X00-

seriesdetailsaheadoflaunch

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-reveals-atom-n2x00-series-

details-ahead-of-launch/13675.html

October5th,2011

OneofthemostimportantaspectsofthenewAtomprocessors

ishardwarevideodecodesupportandIntelhasimplemented

supportforMPEG2,WMV,H.264andVC-1ateither720p60m

1080i60or1080p24forvideosencodedatupto20Mbps.

Sadlythere'snosupportforMPEG4(orratherMPEG4part

2asH.264isMPEG4part10),soDivXandsimilarformats

arestilllackinghardwaredecoding.Initswisdom,orrather

lackthereof,Intelwon'tbeofferinghardwaredecodeforFlash

fromversion11.0andonwards.Inotherwords,thisisnota

platformforthefuture.

InasmuchasthenewAtomplatformisahugeupgradein

manyways,wecan'thelpbutfeeldisappointedabouthow

littleIntelreallyhasadded.It'sveryclearthatIntelisscared

thatitsAtomplatformswilleatawaymarketsharefromits

CeleronandPentiumbrandedprocessors.AMD'sonlybattle

inthismarketspaceistogainconsumerapproval,asitsentry

levelFusionplatformwiththeEandC-seriesAPU'sareeasily

outperformingIntel'sAtomprocessorswhereitmattersfor

mostconsumers.WedoubtthatIntelwillhaveahardsell,but

wedon'tthinkitsAtomprocessorswillhavethesamemarket

shareasinthepast,astheplatformjustisn'tcompetitiveany

more.

Thereisn'tmuchleftintermsofsecretswhenitcomesto

Intel'supcomingN2X00-seriesofmobileAtomprocessors,

butwhatwedidn'talreadyknow,Intelhasnowmanagedto

unveilitselfthankstoadatasheetthatthecompanypublished

aheadoftheCPUlaunch.It'sasimplemistake,asthesame

datasheetcoverstheAtomD2X00-seriesandalthoughthe

twoCPUfamiliesareverysimilar,therearesomedifferences

beyondthemobileanddesktopaspects.

Thereisn'tmuchleftintermsofsecretswhenitcomesto

Intel'supcomingN2X00-seriesofmobileAtomprocessors,

butwhatwedidn'talreadyknow,Intelhasnowmanagedto

unveilitselfthankstoadatasheetthatthecompanypublished

aheadoftheCPUlaunch.It'sasimplemistake,asthesame

datasheetcoverstheAtomD2X00-seriesandalthoughthe

twoCPUfamiliesareverysimilar,therearesomedifferences

beyondthemobileanddesktopaspects.

Forstarterswe'dmissedhefactthattheAtomN2600only

supports2GBofRAM,whereastheN2800happilyaccepts

4GB,justlikeitsdesktopcounterparts.Ontopofthatthe

N2600onlysupportsasingleDIMMwhiletheotherthree

Atommodelshappilytaketwo.We'renotsurewhyIntelhas

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CorsairH100WaterCooler

Review

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-h100-water-cooler-

review/13674.html

October5th,2011

Eventhoughcomputerwatercoolingstartedoffabout

fifteenyearsago,itwasnotuntilacoupleofyearsagowhen

companiesfirstreleasedclosedloop,readytorunliquid

basedcoolersforPCcomponents.Oneofthefirstcompanies

whichreleasedsuchaliquidbasedcooleracoupleofyears

agowasCorsair.Todaywearegoingtohavealookat

thelatestandlargestliquidbasedCPUcoolerCorsairever

released,theHydroSeriesH100.TheH100featuresadualfan

radiatorandCorsairboaststhatthecoolercandeliverextreme

performance;wewillfindoutifthatclaimistrueinthisreview.

Eventhoughcomputerwatercoolingstartedoffaboutfifteen

yearsago,itwasnotuntilacoupleofyearsagowhen

companiesfirstreleasedclosedloop,readytorunliquid

basedcoolersforPCcomponents.Oneofthefirstcompanies

whichreleasedsuchaliquidbasedcooleracoupleofyears

agowasCorsair.Todaywearegoingtohavealookat

thelatestandlargestliquidbasedCPUcoolerCorsairever

released,theHydroSeriesH100.TheH100featuresadualfan

radiatorandCorsairboaststhatthecoolercandeliverextreme

performance;wewillfindoutifthatclaimistrueinthisreview.

ASRockZ68Extreme7Gen3

Review

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asrock-z68-extreme7-gen3-

review/13629.html

October5th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

ASRockwasestablishedin2002tocompeteagainstTier2

motherboardmakerslikeDFI,ABIT,andECS.Traditionally

manythinkofASRockasASUS'sentrylevelboardmaker,

asASUSisthoughtofascateringtothehigh-endmarket

segment.Whilethingsaren'tsoclearanymoreastowho

ownswho,itisprettymuchacceptedthatASRockisn'towned

byASUSanylonger,buttheystillseemtobuyinbulkand

thusweseealotofthesamepartsused,evenpartsthat

areexclusivelymadeforASUS.InfactafterASUSsplitwith

Pegatron,PegatronusedASRocktocompeteagainstASUS.To

makethingsevenstrangeritseemslikeASRockisstillusing

someofASUS’sR&D,foundries,aswellasbuyinginbulkwith

them.Whileofficiallytheyarenotthesamecompany,they

suredohavemanycommonsimilarities.Itseemsthatperhaps

ASUSdidn'tknowormaybewantedASRocktobecomewhat

ithasbecometoday,amotherboardbrandwhichhascomea

longwayinverylittletime.

WiththeintroductionofLGA1155basedchipsetsASRockshot

throughitslowertierstatusandisnowcompetingheadto

headwithGIGABYTEandASUS.ThewayASRockisableto

dothisiswithlowerprices,sinceASUSandASRockshare

alotofthesameparts,ASRockisabletoobtainpartsata

bulkprice/contractsthattheycouldn'tnegotiateontheirown.

ThentheirparentcompanyPegatronsharesfoundrieswith

ASUS,sowhenASUSoutsourcestoPegatrontheycanusethe

technologyASUSusedtomanufacturerthatboard.Itisnotas

deviousasthatsounds,anditsreallyagreatthingforASRock

fans.

TodayweventureintoASRock'slastesttop-of-the-lineZ68

boardwhichisinaclassofitsown;afeaturepackedbeauty

withanaffordablepricetag.Followusaswetakeagood

deeplookatwhatmakestheboardwhatitis,fromitsunique

technologiestowhatmakesitroar.Followustoanswer

questionslike,howdoyougetPCI-E3.0withanNF200?

HowistheVRMontheExtreme7Gen3comparabletoother

boards?HowisthisboardpricedlowerthanotherNF200

bearingboards?

Introduction

YetthisZ68Extreme7Gen3hasa3yearwarranty,2ozcopper

PCB(somethingprettymuchuniquetoonlyafewASRock

boards),JapaneseSolidCaps(thataresprayedgoldtoindicate

goodquality?),aswellassometechnologiesthatmakethis

reviewerwonder,aretheytryingtocompeteagainsttheZ68X-

UD7andtheMaximus4Extreme-Z?

TobeginthereviewablockdiagramoftheZ68platform:

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ComparedtotheearlierP67,theZ68chipsetaddsIntelHD

Graphicssupport,aswellasIntelSmartResponceTechnology

(SSDCaching).IntelshouldhaveinitiallyreleasedtheZ68

chipset,asitsgainsfromP67areveryminimal.This

motherboardalsohasLucidVirtutechnologywhichallowsfor

switchablegraphics,DVI,HDMI,D-SUB,andDisplayPortare

allavaible.ASRockdoesn'tdoeverythinglikeASUS,firstthey

don'tusetheIntelPHY,insteadtheyuseBroadcomcontroller,

thefirsttimeihaveseenoneona$280board.Theyalsouse

aPLXbridgechiptobettertheuseofthe8PCI-E2.0lanes

thatthePCHoffers,thisallowsthemtoaddanother16x(4x

pghysical)slottotheboard,whilesimultaneouslyrunning3x

USB3.0and2SATA6GB/scontrollers.

SonyEricssonintroduces

XperiaactiveandLivewith

Walkman

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-introduces-xperia-

active-and-live-with-walkman/13673.html

October5th,2011

TheSonyEricssonXperiaactive,designedfortheactive

lifestyleusers,wasshowcasedinJunewiththeXperiaRay

andXperiaTxt.Today,thecompanyhasofficiallylaunched

thephoneinSingapore,togetherwiththeSonyEricssonLive

withWalkmanthatpromisesgreataudioenjoymentformusic

lovers.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

SonyEricssonhasannouncedthelaunchoftwonewAndroid

smartphones-Xperiaactive(aboveleft)designedforusers

withanactivelifestyle,andLivewithWalkman,anAndroid

smartphonethatdeliverssuperiormusicexperience.

SonyEricssonXperiaactive

RunningonthelatestAndroid2.3Gingerbread,theXperia

activeisatoughAndroidsmartphoneforanactivesportsand

outdoorlife.Thisphoneisdust-proofandwaterresistantand

incorporateswetfingertrackingtoensurethephoneworks

perfectlyevenifthethescreenorauser’sfingersarewet.

TheXperiaactivealsofeaturesRealityDisplaywithMobile

BRAVIAEngine,5-megapixelrearcamerathatcancapture

highdefinitionvideos,andapowerful1GHzprocessor.Pre-

loadedwithsportsappsthatenableuserstoeasilytracktheir

fitnesslevels,userscansettheirtrainingrouteusingthebuilt-

inGPS,BarometerandCompass.Inaddition,on-screenheart

rateandpulsecanbemonitoredinreal-time(enabledbyANT

+wirelessnetworkingtechnology),whiletheSportyPalPro

appcanmonitorreal-timeperformance.

SonyEricssonLivewithWalkman

TheSonyEricssonLivewithWalkmanhasadedicated

Walkmanhardwarebuttonthatprovidesinstantaccessto

themusicplayer.ThephonealsorunsthelatestAndroid2.3

Gingerbreadanduserscanlike,shareanddiscovercontent

throughFacebookintegrationwhiletheinfinitebuttonallows

consumerstoconnecttofriends,photos,musicandvideos.

TheSonyEricssonLivewithWalkmanhasastylishcurved

design,aglossyfinishandamineralglassdisplay.Italso

featuresa3.2-inchscreen,1GHzprocessor,front-facing

cameraforvideocallinganda5-megapixelAFrearcamera

thatcancapture720pHDvideorecording.TheSonyEricsson

LivewithWalkmanalsocomeswithSony’sxLOUDthat

enhancesaudiooutput.

Pricingandavailability

TheSonyEricssonLivewithWalkmanisnowavailablein

SingaporeinthecoloursBlackandWhiteatarecommended

retailpriceofS$398beforetelcosubsidies.TheSonyEricsson

XperiaactivewillbeavailableinSingaporefrom1October

2011tomorrowinBlackwithOrangeband,atarecommended

retailpriceofS$498withoutcontract.

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NortonMobileSecurityLite

offersAndroidusersfrom

protectionphysicalandonline

crime

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/norton-mobile-security-lite-offers-

android-users-from-protection-physical-and-online-crime/13672.html

October5th,2011

Androiduserscannowsecuretheirmobiledevicesfrom

physicalandonlinecrimewiththefreeNorton'sMobile

SecurityLite.Thenewsecurityapplicationoffersselectedanti-

theftfeatureswithpowerfulanti-malwaretokeepyourdata

safeevenifyouloseyourphone.

NortonbySymantechasunveiledtheavailabilityofNorton

MobileSecurityLite,afreesecurityapplicationforAndroid-

basedsmartphones.TheNortonMobileSecurityLiteclaimsto

seamlesslycombineselectedanti-theftfeatureswithpowerful

anti-malwarethatgivesuserssecurityeveniftheirphoneis

lost,stolenorcompromisedbymalware.

KeyfeaturesOnNortonMobileSecurityLite:

-Anti-theft–TheaverageadultinSingaporeloseshis

mobilephone1.6timesin5yearsand50percentreported

concernsoverthelossofprivacyandsensitiveinformation.

NortonMobileSecurityLiteallowsuserstolocklostorstolen

phones,preventingstrangersorthievesfromaccessingvital

informationorrunninguptheirmobilebill.

-Anti-malware–Scansallfilesandappupdatesdownloaded

tothemobiledeviceandautomaticallydetectsandremoves

threatswithoutslowingyoudown.

-AutomaticLiveUpdate–Automaticallydownloadsand

installssecurityupdateskeepingyouastepaheadof

cybercriminals.

PricingandAvailability

NortonMobileSecurityLiteisnowavailableforfreein

EnglishontheAndroidMarket.Foruserswhowantadditional

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SonyEricssonannounces

LaraCroftandtheGuardianof

LightfirsttoAndroidonXperia

PLAY

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-announces-lara-croft-

and-the-guardian-of-light-first-to-android-on-xperia-play/13671.html

October5th,2011

SonyEricssonXperiaPLAYownerswhoarealsofansofLara

CroftgameswouldbepleasedtoknowthatLaraCroftand

theGuardianofLightwillbeavailableonAndroid,andfirst

ontheXperiaPLAYsmartphone.Readonforthedetails.

SonyEricssonisaddingmoretitlestoitsXperiaPLAYphone

andwithapartnershipwithworldrenownedSquareEnix.

Thepartnershipwillbringmuchlovedtitlessuchas“Lara

CroftandtheGuardianofLight”exclusivelytoAndroidon

theXperiaPLAYinNovember2011.Moreestablishedgame

titlesfromSquareEnixwillfollowinthecomingmonths.The

SonyEricssonXperiaPLAYhasbeenmadeavailabletomore

consumersaroundtheworld.Thesmartphonehasrecently

goneonsaleintheUSontheAT&Tnetworkandonthe14th

September,thecompanyannouncedthatXperiaPLAYwillbe

launchedinJapanwithNTTDOCOMOinOctober2011.

LaCielaunchestheLaPlug,

letsyouaccessUSBdrives

overthenet

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/lacie-launches-the-laplug-lets-you-

access-usb-drives-over-the-net/13670.html

October5th,2011

protectionsuchastheabilitytoblockunwantedcallsortext

messages;orblockphishingwebsitesusedtostealpersonal

informationandmoney,thereistheoptiontoupgrade

tothefullfeaturedNortonMobileSecurityforanannual

subscriptionofS$19.90.

Ifproductdesignismoreimportanttoyouthanwhatyouget

foryourmoney,thenLaCieismostlikelyafamiliarbrandto

you.However,thecompanydoesmanagedtocomeupwith

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somequirkybitsofhardwarefromtimetotimeanditslatest

addition,theLaPlugisjustoneofthosethingsthatcouldbe

immenselyuseful,butsomehowturnsouttobefairlypointless

atthesametime.

Ifproductdesignismoreimportanttoyouthanwhatyouget

foryourmoney,thenLaCieismostlikelyafamiliarbrandto

you.However,thecompanydoesmanagedtocomeupwith

somequirkybitsofhardwarefromtimetotimeanditslatest

addition,theLaPlugisjustoneofthosethingsthatcouldbe

immenselyuseful,butsomehowturnsouttobefairlypointless

atthesametime.

InessencetheLaPlugisacompactNASboxat119x119x37mm,

exceptthatbynowyou'vemostlikelyrealisedthatbybeing

sosmallthere'snospaceforaninternaldrive.Ratherthan

doingaNAS,LaCieputtogetheraboxthathasbothGigabit

Ethernetandsupportfor802.11b/g/nWi-Fiwherethequirky

bitisthatithasfourUSB2.0portsforexternalstoragedevices.

Threeoftheportsarearoundthebackformorepermanent

connectivityandoneisonthefront.Inadditiontobeingable

toacceptstoragedevicestheLaPlugalsoacceptsprintersfor

sharingoverthenetwork.

TheneattrickisthatLaCieprovidessoftwarewiththeLaPlug

thatallowsyoutoaccesstheattacheddevicesevenwhen

you'renotathome,well,atleastaslongastheLaPlugis

connectedtotheinternetsomehow.It'salsopossibletoget

accesstotheLaPlugviaawebbrowser,butthisisn'talways

themostconvenientoptioninourexperience.TheLaPlugalso

supportsUPnPandDLNAandwillstreammediatoanyother

DLNAdevice.BeinganApplefriendlycompanyLaCiehasalso

throwninsupportforApple'sTimeMachinebackupsoftware.

TheproblemisthatLaCieexpectsyoutopayUS$74.99(S$97)

fortheLaPlug,forthatkindofmoneyyoucanwiderangeof

wirelessrouterswithaUSBportortwobuiltin.Sook,mostof

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themaren'tlikelytohaveTimeMachinesupportbuiltin,but

they'relikelytohavemoreadvancedfeaturesandyoudoget

arouterincludedaswell.Wecan'tbuthelptofeelthatLaCie

priceditselfoutofthemarketabithere,althoughthenagain,

we'resuretherewillbeplentyoflesstechnicallyinclinedusers

thatwouldbemorethanhappytospendthatkindofmoney

foreasynetworkaccesstotheirdatastoredonmultipleUSB

drives.

Samsungunleashesmultiple

mobilebuildingblocks

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-unleashes-multiple-mobile-

building-blocks/13669.html

October5th,2011

It'sactuallyquiteamazinghowmanyproductsSamsung

makesandthere'snowonderthatthecompanyisstarting

tohavesuchadominantplaceinthemobilemarketspace.

Thecompanyannouncednolessthanfivenewproducts

relatedtomobileproducts,anewHDCMOSsensor,a

16MegapixelCMOSsensor,faster64GBeMMCflashmemory,

3XnmLPDDR3memoryandanew1.5GHzExynosSoC

manufacturedusinga32nmHigh-KMetalGatelow-power

process.

It'sactuallyquiteamazinghowmanyproductsSamsung

makesandthere'snowonderthatthecompanyisstarting

tohavesuchadominantplaceinthemobilemarketspace.

Thecompanyannouncednolessthanfivenewproducts

relatedtomobileproducts,anewHDCMOSsensor,a

16MegapixelCMOSsensor,faster64GBeMMCflashmemory,

3XnmLPDDR3memoryandanew1.5GHzExynosSoC

manufacturedusinga32nmHigh-KMetalGatelow-power

process.

TheHDCMOSsensorismaybenotthemostimpressiveof

theannouncements,buttheS5K8AAasit'scalledisatiny

1/8.2-inchCMOSsensorwitha1.2Megapixelresolutionand

theentirecameramodulesisamere2.8mmdeep.Thetrick

hereisthatit'lldo720p30videoor480p60andcombined

withbacksideilluminationitshouldmakeforbettervideocall

qualityinslimhandsetsandtablets.

Ontheotherendofthespectrumisthe1/2.3-inch16Megapixel

CMOSsensorcalledtheS5K2P1,that'sthesamesizesensor

asintherecentlylaunchedPentaxQinterchangeablelens

compactandlargerthanthatfoundinmanybudgetdigital

cameras.Althoughthisbacksideilluminatedsensorwas

designedwithhigh-endsmartphonesinmind,itcanalso

beusedwithdigitalcamerasandcamcordersanditshows

thatphonesaregettingveryclosetoentirelyreplacingentry

leveldigitalcameras,atleastaslongasyou'renotworried

abouthavingtheabilitytozoom.Samsungmakessome

impressiveclaimsfortheS5K2P1aswell,asit'smeantto

shoot16Megapixleimagesat30fps,or8.3Megapixelpictures

at60fps,allwithoutanyshutterlageffectin16:9format.

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CanonSingaporelaunches

23imagingproductsfor

consumerandenterprise

markets

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-singapore-launches-23-imaging-

products-for-consumer-and-enterprise-markets/13668.html

October5th,2011

CanonSingaporehadamassiveproductlaunchforthe

secondhalfof2011today,with23imagingproductsranging

fromprinterstoprojectorsanddigitalcameras.Andno,the

companydidnotrevealanyCanonmirrorlesscamera,despite

Nikonunveilingtheirslastweek.

TheCanonPowerShotS100(left)placedtogetherwiththe

PowerShotS95

TheCanonPowerShotS100compactdigitalcamerawas

amongthe23productsthatwereshowcasedattheevent.The

successortothepopularS95comesinblackorsilver,andnow

comeswithagripforbetterhandling.TheCanonPowerShot

S100willbeavailableinearlyNovember,withpricingdetails

tobeannouncedclosertoavailabilitydate.

October5th,2011

Movingonwegettoaproductyou'regoingtowantinthesame

phoneasthe16Megapixelcamerasensor,namely64GBof

eMMCNANDflash.Samsung'slatesteMMCNANDflashuses

atoggleDDR2interfaceandismanufacturedusingSamsung's

2Xnmprocess.Samsungclaimssequentialreadspeedsof

80MB/sandwritespeedsof40MB/swhichthecompany

claimsisathreefoldimprovementoverfastmicroSDcards.

No-one'sgoingtocomplainaboutfasterstoragememoryon

theirphones,right?

Onthesubjectofmemory,weswiftlymoveontoSamsung's

3XnmLPDDR3memorywhichisavailablein4Gbit(512MB)

chips,whichmightnotseemlikealot,butit'sthefirst

DDR31,066MHzmemorydesignedforuseinsmartphones

andtablets.NotonlyisitfasterthanLPDDR2,butSamsung

alsoclaimsthatituses20percentlesspowerwhichequalsto

betterdevicebatterylife.SadlySamsung'sLPDDR3memory

won'tgointomassproductionuntilsometimenextyear,but

itshouldhopefullybereadyintimefortheonslaughtofnew

quadcoreARMSoC'ssuchasNvidia'snextgenTegramodel

whichwillbeabletotakeadvantageofLPDDR3memory.

Finallywehaveyetanotherfirst,Samsung'snewExynos4212

ARMCortex-A9SoCwhichisbuiltonSamsung's32nmHigh-

KMetalGatelow-powerprocess,somethingthecompany

hasco-developedwithGlobalFoundries.Bymovingfrom

45nmto32nm,Samsunghasmanagedtoboosttheclock

speedfrom1.2GHzto1.5GHzwiththeaddedbenefitofthe

Mali-400MPgraphicscorebeingboostedfrom267MHzto

400MHzsomethingSamsungclaimswillboostthegraphics

performancebyupto50percent.Ofcoursemovingfrom

45nmto32nmbringswithittheaddedbenefitoflowerpower

usageandSamsungclaimsthatthepowerusageisdownby

upto30percent.Samsungalsothrewinsupportforafew

additionalvideocodecs,1080pvideoencodingandon-chip

HDMI1.4support.TheExynos4212shouldbeavailablefrom

nextquarter,althoughwehaveafeelingitmighttakealittle

bitlongeruntilweseedevicesbasedonit,atleastfromanyone

butSamsung.

Ifthat'snotanimpressiverangeofannouncementsallat

once,wedon'tknowwhatisandwecanseewhyAppleisso

concernedaboutSamsung.It'sbecomeclearthatSamsungis

amajorforceinthemarketandthecompanyisseemingly

puttingalotofeffortintobecomingaleaderinthemobile

marketspace,notonlyintermsofproducinghigh-enddevices,

butalsowhenitcomestoofferingthebestcomponentsthat

goesintothedevicesaswell.Byhavingitsowncomponents

echosystem,Samsungdoesn'thavetorelyonpartnerseither,

somethingthatcanseriouslyholdacompanybackattimes.

Thatsaid,itcanbeadangerousgambletobetooover

reliantonyourownabilitiestoo,butthenagain,Samsung

doesn'tseemtorelysolelyonitsowncomponents,asrecently

launchedversionsoftheGalaxySIIintheUSfeatured

Qualcommprocessors.Still,wecan'twaittoseewhat'snext

fromSamsung.

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IncorporatingtheenhancedHSsystemandnewDIGIC

5imageprocessor,thePowerShotS100featuresahigh-

sensitively12.1-Megapixel1/1.7-typeCMOSimagesensorthat

cancapturesuperbqualityimagesevenunderlowlight

situation.Inaddition,thecameraalsocomeswithintegrated

GPSunitthatcanrecordlocationintoapicture’sEXIFdata.

CanonalsounveiledthelatestrangeofPIXMAprinterswhich

includetheMG2170,MG3170,MG4170,MG5370,MG6270,

MG8270andthesinglefunctioniP4970withtheimproved

FullHDMoviePrintfeatureandFunFilters.Userscanalso

leveragetheimprovedwirelessprintingcapabilitiestoprint

directlyfromtheiriPhonesandiPadswithApple’sAirPrint

technology,ordirectlyfromtheirwebalbumswiththePixma

CloudLink.

Andsomemodelpicsattheevent:-

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ASRockTeaseswithX79

Extreme7Picture

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asrock-teases-with-x79-extreme7-

picture/13667.html

October5th,2011

ASRockisnowafull-fledgedmotherboardmanufacturerwith

boardstargetingeverymarketsegment,from$50officePC

boards,toall-outenthusiastboards.Itsupcomingsocket

LGA2011lineuphasonesuchboard,onethatwoosbudget-

unconciousbuyers,theX79Extreme7.

ASRockisnowafull-fledgedmotherboardmanufacturerwith

boardstargetingeverymarketsegment,from$50officePC

boards,toall-outenthusiastboards.Itsupcomingsocket

LGA2011lineuphasonesuchboard,onethatwoosbudget-

unconciousbuyers,theX79Extreme7.

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Tobeginwith,thisboardseemstohavesixDDR3DIMM

slots.That'sanoddnumber,consideringtheSandyBridge-

EprocessorembedsfourDDR3memorychannels,andso

motherboardsshouldideallyeitherhavefourslots(oneper

channel),oreight(twoperchannel).AswithallLGA2011

boards,thememoryslotsarearrangedoneithersidesofthe

large2011-pinsocket.

TheCPUseemstobepoweredbyatleastan8-phaseVRM.

We'reabletocountjustonerowofchokesontheVRMarea

northofthesocket,therecouldbemorerows.Interestingly,

theFETsofthememoryVRMseemtobecooledbyheatsinks,

aswell.ThelasttimewesawheatsinksovermemoryVRMwas

withFoxconnQuantumForceX58boards.

TheheatsinkcoolingtheX79PCH(platformcontrollerhub)

iscooledbyanactivefan-heatsink.Activecooling,wethink,

isredundant.X79,unlikeX58,isasinglechipplatform

controllerhub,withthenorthbridgecompletelyrelocatedto

theCPUpackage.APCHisnotmuchmorethanaglorified

southbridge.OverclockerswillseldomneedtoplaywithPCH

voltages.Besides,smallfanscanaddtothecasenoise.One

upsideweseeisthatwithamulti-diskRAIDarray,thePCH

couldheatup,andtheactiveheatsinkdesigncouldhelpkeep

thesizeoftheheatsinkdown.

WeseeatleastfivePCI-Expressx16slots,onecanexpectat

leastfourofthemtobeGen3.0,andwiredtotheprocessor.

Wespy9internalSATAports,andtwofront-panelUSB3.0

headers(fourports).Apartfromtheusual24-pinATXand8-

pinEPSpowerinputs,theboardcandrawpowerfroma4-pin

Molexconnector.Theextrapowermightcomehandyinsome

scenarios(suchasaPhysX-dedicatedgraphicscardthatrelies

onthemotherboardentirely,forpower.

Ohyes,we'relookingforwardtomorepictures.

"SonyTablet"Sarrivingin

SingaporeinOctober2011

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/-sony-tablet-s-arriving-in-singapore-

in-october-2011/13666.html

October5th,2011

Thisafternoon,SonyElectronicsAsiaPacificannouncedthe

launchoftheirlatest"SonyTablet"SinSingapore.The"Sony

Tablet"Ssportsa9.4-inchtouchscreen,isequippedwith

NvidiaTegra2mobileprocessorandrunsGoogleAndroid

3.2Honeycombplatform.

Afterlookingattheslurpyteaserpicturewescored,wereally

wishwehadashotofthisboard'slandscape.Butfromwhat

littlewecanmakeout,theboardseemstobefullyloadedin

averyuniqueway.

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uniqueconnectorthatfitstheoptionalspecializedcradle(sold

separately).Thecompanyalsoclaimsthatthetabletisthe

firstseriestobePlayStationcertified,whichmeansyoucan

playoriginalPlaystationgamessuchasCrashBandicootand

PinballHeroes(preinstalled)onthe"SonyTablet"S.

Today,Sonyhaslaunchedtheirhighly-anticipated"Sony

Tablet"Sthatclaimstoofferpowerfulfeaturesanddeliver

engagingentertainmentexperiencetoconsumers.The"Sony

Tablet"Sfeatures9.4-inchLED-backlitIPStouchscreen,

NvidiaTegra2mobileprocessorandGoogleAndroid3.2

Honeycomb.Onusage,thetabletisfastwhenwenavigate

acrossthevariousscreensandruntheapplications.The

displayalsolooksgoodwhenweplayedsomemovietrailers.

Sonyhasincludedvariousoptionalaccessoriesforthe"Sony

Tablet"Ssuchasthecradle,ACadapter,LCDscreenprotector,

carryingcase,USBadaptercableandBluetoothkeyboard.The

"SonyTablet"Swillbeavailablein16GB(S$668)and32GB

(S$798)respectivelyinendOctober.The3Gversionsofthe

"SonyTablet"Swillbeavailableatalaterdate.

TaisukeNakanishi,managingdirectorofSonySouthEast

Asia,waspresenttoannouncethecompany'snewtabletdevice

andsaidthatSingaporeisthefirstcountryinsoutheastAsia

tolaunchthe"SonyTablet"S."TheSonyTabletSisallour

innovationspackagedtogetherinyourhands.Itisdesignedto

enhanceyourentertainmentexperiencebydefiningtheway

youtouch,enjoyandshareyourcontent"Nakanishisaid.

The"SonyTablet"Shasauniqueasymmetricdesign;the

screenisslopedwhenplacedonaflatsurface.Onthesides

ofthetabletaretheUSBandSDmemorycardreader,reset

pinhole,volumecontrolsandpowerbutton.Italsohasa

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-theaveragesellingpriceisalsodown,resultinginareduced

grossmarginof44%-45%,frompreviousguidanceof47%.

WithBulldozer finally shipping,andFXSeriesfinallyreleasing

nextmonth,thingsaregoingtogetevenmorechallengingfor

theproblematicGloFo32nmprocess.TheBulldozerdieis40%

largerthanLlano.Ontheotherhand,Bulldozerisatraditional

CPUwithnoextensiveGPUpart.

Intelplanningthreenew

Thunderboltcontrollers,one

settolowerdevicecost

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-planning-three-new-thunderbolt-

controllers-one-set-to-lower-device-cost/13664.html

October5th,2011

MinoriIida,projectmanager,businessplanningandstrategy

division,VAIO&mobilebusinessgroup,consumerproducts

andservicesgroup,SonyCorporation,gavethemediaan

insighttothevariousfeaturesofthe"SonyTablet"S.

AMDrevisesdownQ3

forecasts-yieldissues

blamed

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-revises-down-q3-forecasts--yield-

issues-blamed/13665.html

October5th,2011

Previously,AMDhadexpectedastrongQ32011,drivenby

strongdemandforLlano,withrevenuegrowthof10%overQ2.

However,AMDhasnowrevisedQ3revenuegrowthtoonly

4%-6%.Themainreasoncitedwasmanufacturingissuesat

GlobalFoundries.

Previously,AMDhadexpectedastrongQ32011,drivenby

strongdemandforLlano,withrevenuegrowthof10%overQ2.

However,AMDhasnowrevisedQ3revenuegrowthtoonly

4%-6%.Themainreasoncitedwasmanufacturingissuesat

GlobalFoundries.

Thepreviousforecastsuggestedrevenuesofapproximately

$1.725billion,whiletherevisionpullsdowntherevenue

guidancetothe$1.65billionrange.Itisnosurprisethatthe

GlobalFoundries32nmprocessissufferingfromyieldissues,

withsupplyshortagesforLlanoAPUs.ThetopLlanoSKUfor

desktops,A8-3850isoutofstockatmanyretailersaroundthe

world,andnotebooksbasedonLlanoarestillhardtocome

by,ifnotcompletelynon-existantinseveralpopularmarkets,

suchasSouthAsia.ItisclearthatAMDisunabletosatisfythe

strongdemandforLlano,leadingtoreducedshipments.

Inadditionstoproblemswiththe32nmprocess,45nmsupply

hasbeenhitaswell,"duetocomplexitiesrelatedtotheuseof

commontoolsacrossbothtechnologynodes".Duetothetop

binA8APUsbeingworstaffected-anothersignofpooryields

AtIDFearlierthismonthIntelrevealeditsupcomingCactus

RidgeThunderboltcontrollers,butitturnsoutthecompanyis

abouttolaunchathirdThunderboltcontrolleranditshould

arriveaheadofCactusRidge.Theyetunannouncedchipis

knownasPortRidgeorL2210andit'salow-costdeviceonly

controllerwhichshouldhopefullymakeitmoreappealingfor

peripheralmanufacturerstocreateThunderboltdevices.

AtIDFearlierthismonthIntelrevealeditsupcomingCactus

RidgeThunderboltcontrollers,butitturnsoutthecompanyis

abouttolaunchathirdThunderboltcontrolleranditshould

arriveaheadofCactusRidge.Theyetunannouncedchipis

knownasPortRidgeorL2210andit'salow-costdeviceonly

controllerwhichshouldhopefullymakeitmoreappealingfor

peripheralmanufacturerstocreateThunderboltdevices.

Intel'scurrentThunderboltchipsets,LightRidge(82524EF/

EFL)andEagleRidge(L2510/L2310)willbearoundfora

whilelonger,butIntelseeminglywantstoprogresstowards

smallerandpresumablycheapersolutionscomenextyear.The

twoCactusRidgecontrollers(L3510H/LandL3310)measure

12x12mmcomparedto15x15mmforLightRidgeandthefull

size/speedimplementationofEagleRide.Intel'ssmallform

factorimplementationofEagleRidge(L2310)isstillgoingto

besmallerat8x9mmandthere'scurrentlynoreplacementfor

thistoourknowledge.

TheL3510H/LversionofCactusRidge(theHandLstands

forahigherandlowerpowermodel)issettoreplaceLight

Ridgeandhasthesameoverallspec.Likewise,theL3310isset

toreplacetheL2510andagainfeaturesthesamespec.Both

modelsareexpectedtogointoproductionsometimeinQ1

nextyearandfortheMacfanboysoutthere,thismeansthat

theyshouldbereadyintimeforApple'sIvyBridgepowered

MacBooks.Theonlychangewe'reawareofbeyondthesmaller

chipsizeisthatIntelistryingtopushdownthepowered

usedbyCactusRidgecomparedtothecurrentThunderbolt

controllersandthecompanyisalsohopingtoreach0Widle

powertohelpreducethepowerdraininmobiledevices.

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However,thecontrollerthatcaughtourattentionisthetiny

5x6mmPortRidgeorL2210,it'sasinglechannelcontroller

thathasbeendesignedspecificallyforlow-costThunderbolt

devices.Duetoitssinglechanneldesignitonlysupportstwo

lanesofPCIExpress2.0bandwidthanditlackssupportfor

pass-throughconnectivity.Thatsaid,thereareplentyofPCI

Expressx1devicesthatcouldeasilybeadaptedforuseinan

externalenclosurecombinewithPortRidgeandwecansee

thisbecomingahugelypopularThunderboltcontrollerfrom

Intelifit'spricedaccordinglytoitsfunctionality.PortRidge

shouldbeinproductionbeforetheendoftheyear,sohopefully

weshouldseearaftofmoreaffordableThunderboltdevices

earlynextyear.

EarlierthisweektherewasareportwhereIntelsaidthat

thecurrentThunderboltportssupportopticalcables,but

notmuchofanexplanationastohowthiswouldbe

implementedwasmentioned.Foroneamuchmorecomplex

(readexpensive)cablewillbeneededaswe'relookingatactive

cablesherewherethepowerfromtheThunderboltportwill

mostlikelybeusedtopoweranelectricaltoopticalconverter

insidethem.ThisallowsforlongercablesandIntelisalso

claimingit'llallowforhigherspeeds,butthedownsideis

thatthere'snowayofgettingpowerovertheopticalcable

andthere'satleastcurrentlynoplansfromIntel'ssideto

addadditionalwiringintheopticalcablesthatwouldallow

forpower.Assuch,anyThunderboltdeviceconnectedviaan

opticalcablewouldberequiredtohaveapowerconnector.

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fornow,onlytheminiDPconnectorisapproved.Ontop

ofthat,Inteldoesn'tallowforanythingbutDisplayPortand

PCIExpresssignallingtobe"tunnelled"throughThunderbolt,

althoughwe'renotsureifSonyimplementedotherprotocols

initspeculiarimplementationofThunderbolt.

Onefactthatwasn'tclearisthattheThunderboltspecrequires

supportforDP++whichmeansthatcheappassiveadapters

fromDisplayPorttoHDMIorDVIcanbeusedwithall

Thunderboltequippedcomputers,althoughaspertheDP+

+spec,thesearelimitedtoasingleTMDSlinkwhichmeans

thatdisplayswithresolutionsabove2,048x1,152can'tbeused.

It'salsoworthpointingoutthatThunderboltonlysupports

DisplayPort1.1aandthisiswhydaisychainingofdisplaysisn't

possibleondeviceswithaThunderboltport.Theworkaround

isabitofahack,asifyouusetheLightRidgeortheupcoming

L3510H/LversionofCactusRidge,thenit'spossibletodoa

pass-throughworkaroundforthedisplaysignalsoasecond

displaycanbeconnected,althoughthisisn'ttheneatestway

ofdoingthings.

Itwillbeinterestingtoseehowthingswilldeveloparound

Thunderbolt.Intelisplayingthingsveryclosetoitschestatthe

momentandmuchoftheinformationwepostedherehascost

manypeopletheirjobs,ok,sothat'sanexaggeration,butIntel

doesn'tseemoverlyhappytosharedetailsofitsThunderbolt

technology,justswingbyIntel'swebsiteandyou'llseehow

littleinformationthereistobehad.Thebigquestionwhat

we'remostlikelygoingtohavetowaittogetananswerto

untilIvyBridgelaunchesiswhenthemainstreamPCmakers

aregoingtostartofferingsystemswithThunderbolt.Sonygot

thingshalfright,asThunderboltisagoodtechnologytousefor

notebookdockingsolutions,butsadlySonymissedthepoint

offollowingstandardsoncemore.Will2012betheyearof

Thunderbolt?Well,we'lljusthavetowaitandsee.

Inteldoesn'tseemoverlyhappyaboutSony'speculiar

implementationofThunderbolteither,althoughinall

fairness,SonynevercalleditThunderbolt.Thereasonfor

thisisbecauseIntelhasbeenveryspecificaboutthetype

ofconnectorthatcanbeusedforThunderboltandatleast

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VR-Zone.com|StufffortheGeeks!

Theonlywinnerisconsumerswhichareseeingcheapand

cheapermemory,oralternativelyyougetmorememoryfor

thesamekindofmoney.Thatsaid;Microsofthasmadesome

prettyconvincingclaimsaboutWindows8usinglessmemory

thanWindows7,sothequestionisifconsumerPCswillneed

morememoryinthefutureornot.Eitherwhichway,itlooks

likewe'llbemovingtowardsfasterDRAMoverthenextsix

monthsorsowithbothAMDandIntelsupportingfasterand

fastermemoryspeeds.Thiswouldofcourserequiremore

stringentmanufacturingcontrolattheDRAMmakerstoreach

thekindofspeedsthatarecurrentlygenerallyfairlyexclusive

foroverclockingmodules.

VR-Zone|StufffortheGeeksisabi-weeklypublication

coveringthelatestgadgetsandstuffforthegeeks.

TaiwaneseDRAMmakers

arefeelingthepressurefrom

Koreancompetition

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/taiwanese-dram-makers-are-feeling-

the-pressure-from-korean-competition/13727.html

October12th,2011

AntecSoloIICaseReview

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/antec-solo-ii-case-review/13726.html

October12th,2011

We'vereportedonthemovetowards3XnmDRAMproducts

byHynixandSamsunginthepastanditnowseemslike

theTaiwaneseDRAMmakersarereallystartingtofeelthe

pressureastheycannolongercompeteintermsofcost.Ontop

ofthat,theTaiwaneseDRAMmanufacturersdon'tgetasmany

DRAMchipsetperwaferastheirKoreancompetitorswhich

furtherworsenstheircostcompetitiveness.

We'vereportedonthemovetowards3XnmDRAMproducts

byHynixandSamsunginthepastanditnowseemslike

theTaiwaneseDRAMmakersarereallystartingtofeelthe

pressureastheycannolongercompeteintermsofcost.Ontop

ofthat,theTaiwaneseDRAMmanufacturersdon'tgetasmany

DRAMchipsetperwaferastheirKoreancompetitorswhich

furtherworsenstheircostcompetitiveness.

Digitimesisreportingthatthespotpricefor2GbitDDR3

memory(that's256MBchips)isnowbelowUS$1andthe

TaiwaneseDRAMmanufacturersarefearingthatthiswill

droptoaslittleas65centsperchiponce3Xnmmanufacturing

kicksoffinvolumeearlynextyear.ManyoftheTaiwanese

DRMmanufacturershaveonlyfinishedtheirtransitionto

4Xnmthisyearandaren'texpectedtomoveto3Xnmuntil

laternextyear.

There'snodoubtthattheDRAMindustryhasbecomeyet

anothercommodityindustrywhenitcomestocomputer

componentsandtobeabletostaycompetitive,alotof

investmentsinmanufacturingprocessesareneededbythe

DRAMmakers.Thismakesitahighcost/lowreturnrate

MostcomputerenthusiastswouldremembertheAntecSolo

case;aproductreleasednearly7yearsagowhichfeatureda

verysubtle,Spartanappearancecombinedwithalmostevery

noisesuppressionsystemavailableatthetime.Thefirst

versionoftheSolowasnotveryfancybutitcertainlywasavery

effectivecase,whichiswhyittookAntecover6yearstoreplace

thedesign.Todaywearegoingtohavealookatthesuccessor

oftheoriginalSolo,theSoloII,whichalsoemphasizesonquiet

computing.Letusseeifitisaworthyreplacementofthemuch

renownedcaseitsupersedes.

MostcomputerenthusiastswouldremembertheAntecSolo

case;aproductreleasednearly7yearsagowhichfeatureda

verysubtle,Spartanappearancecombinedwithalmostevery

noisesuppressionsystemavailableatthetime.Thefirst

versionoftheSolowasnotveryfancybutitcertainlywasavery

effectivecase,whichiswhyittookAntecover6yearstoreplace

thedesign.Todaywearegoingtohavealookatthesuccessor

oftheoriginalSolo,theSoloII,whichalsoemphasizesonquiet

computing.Letusseeifitisaworthyreplacementofthemuch

renownedcaseitsupersedes.

•Dual-layer1.0mmSECC/polycarbonatetop&side

panels

•Elegantaesthetics:

industryunlessyou'reamarketleader.Assuchwemightsee

severalsmallerplayerspulloutoftheDRAMindustrynext

year,ormovetomoreprofitablemobileDRAMproductsfor

tabletsandsmartphones.

Anodizedaluminumfrontbezel

Pianoblackexteriorfinish

Stylishmatteblackinterior

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•Dualharddrivemountingsystem:

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PowerDirector10whichisthefirstversionofitsediting

softwarethatsupports3Dvideo.

3x3.5"/2.5"usingtraymountswithpreinstalled

siliconegrommetsOR

2x3.5"withsuspensionmountcables

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•2xexternal5.25"

•1xinternal2.5"(dedicated)

•Front-accessibleflip-downdrivecage

•RemovablePSUsupportbeam

•TopventwithfinemeshforoptimalPSUairintake

•Removable,washablefrontfanfilters

•Coolingsystem:

o

siliconegrommetsand2-speedswitch

o

•EnlargedCPUcutoutforeasyinstallationofCPUcoolers

•FrontPorts:

Oneofthemajorproblemswiththenew-fangled3Dcameras,

beyondthefactthatyoupreferablyneeda3Ddisplayto

watchthecontenton,istheissueofeditingthe3Dvideo.

CyberLinkisnowcomingtotherescueofconsumerswith

PowerDirector10whichisthefirstversionofitsediting

softwarethatsupports3Dvideo.

Beyondsupportfor3DvideoeditingCyberLinkhasalso

tweakedalotofthefeaturesfromPowerDirector9

suchasafurthertweakedTrueVelocityengine(simply

calledTrueVelocity2),GPUvideorenderingandfurther

enhancementstoitsSmartVideoRenderingTechnology

(SVRT).However,thetwofeaturesthatshouldappealthe

mostisanimprovedH.264videoencoderwhichCyberLink

claimsisover38percentfasterthanitspreviousencoderusing

aquadcoreCPUwitheightthreads,withthesecondnew

additionbeingOpenCLsupport.TheOpenCLpartiscurrently

1rear120mmTrueQuiet™fanwithpreinstalled

2front120mmfanmounts(optional)

onlyusedtoacceleratevariousfiltersandeffects;it'snotpart

oftheactualrenderingwhichisstilldoneusingthevarious

proprietarytechnologiesfromAMD,IntelandNvidia.

TheUIdoesn'tappeartohavebeengivenamajoroverhaul

2xUSB3.0

2xUSB2.0

AudioIn/Out

o

o

o

•7expansionslots

•Maximumgraphicscardsize:15,0"/381mm

•Motherboards:Mini-ITX,microATX,StandardATX

•Nopowersupplyincluded

•UnitDimensions:

o

o

•PackageDimensions:

o

o

•NetWeight:9,1kg(20,2lbs)

•GrossWeight:10,7kg(23,6lbs)

CyberLinkannounces

PowerDirector10,adds

supportfor3Dvideo

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/cyberlink-announces-

powerdirector-10-adds-support-for-3d-video/13725.html

October12th,2011

Oneofthemajorproblemswiththenew-fangled3Dcameras,

beyondthefactthatyoupreferablyneeda3Ddisplayto

watchthecontenton,istheissueofeditingthe3Dvideo.

CyberLinkisnowcomingtotherescueofconsumerswith

sinceversion9andthiscouldbeagoodorabadthing

dependingonhowmuchyoulikedtheinterfaceinversion9

inthefirstplace.TheUltraversionofPowerDirector10offers

someadditionalfeaturesovertheDeluxeversion,justaswith

PowerDirector9.TheUltraversionwillgetyounative64-

bitsupport;theoptiontoimportvideodirectlyfromAVCHD

camcordersandithastheoptionforFullHDvideopreview.

You'llalsohavetosplashoutfortheUltraversionifyouwant

tobeabletoedit3Dvideo.CyberLinkdoesatleastsupportall

standard3DdisplaysandHDMI1.4aswellasvariousoutput

formatsdependingonthedeviceyouwanttoplaybackthe

editedvideoon.There'sevenanoptiontoupload3Dvideo

directlytoYouTube.

PowerDirector10isavailablefordownloadfromCyberLink

nowwiththeDeluxeversionsettingyoubackUS$69.95and

theUltraversionUS$99.95.

Asussettorevampitsrouter

line-up

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-set-to-revamp-its-router-line-

up/13724.html

October12th,2011

WiththemostlydisappointingAMDnewstoday,wefigured

we'dpostsomemorepositivenews,well,thatisifyoucare

atallaboutrouters.Asusisgettingreadytorevampitsentire

routerproductrangeanditseemslikethecompanygotreally

fondofits"BlackDiamond"seriesdesignaswe'relookingat

nolessthanfivenewmodelsbasedonthesameoveralldesign.

2

440mm(H)x205mm(W)x470mm(D)

(17,3"(H)x8,1"(W)x18,5"(D))

503(H)mmx275mm(W)x550mm(D)

(19,8"(H)x10,8"(W)x21,7"(D))

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ThebestnewsofitallisthatAsusisfinallyreadytolaunchthe

RT-N66Udualbandrouter,butthedesignhaschangedquite

abitsinceitwasfirstshownwaybackatCESinJanuary.

WiththemostlydisappointingAMDnewstoday,wefigured

we'dpostsomemorepositivenews,well,thatisifyoucare

atallaboutrouters.Asusisgettingreadytorevampitsentire

routerproductrangeanditseemslikethecompanygotreally

fondofits"BlackDiamond"seriesdesignaswe'relookingat

nolessthanfivenewmodelsbasedonthesameoveralldesign.

ThebestnewsofitallisthatAsusisfinallyreadytolaunchthe

RT-N66Udualbandrouter,butthedesignhaschangedquite

abitsinceitwasfirstshownwaybackatCESinJanuary.

Asus'firstrouterintheBlackDiamondserieswastheRT-

N56U,althoughithasveryrecentlybeenjoinedbytheRT-

N53whichisAsus'seconddualbandrouter,althoughit'sa

muchmorebasicmodelwithonly2x2MIMO,nosimultaneous

dualbandandnoUSBconnectivity,althoughit'sabouthalf

thepriceoftheRT-N56UanditkeepstheGigabitswitch.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

USBport(althoughsomespecswe'veseenissuggestingit

mighthavetwo)thatsupportsstoragedevicesandprinters.It

alsosportsabuiltinFTPserverandsupportsUPnPAV.The

RT-N15UwilllikelyreplacethecurrentRT-N16overtime.

Finallythetopofthelinemodelisthehighlyanticipated

RT-N66UwhichinitiallywasthoughttobeanAsusR.O.G.

brandedrouter,butnowthat'sexpectedtobetherumoured

RT-N76U.TheRT-N66Uisasimultaneousdualbandrouter

withGigabitspeedfortheWANandLANports,three

detachableantennasthatareusedforboththe2.4GHzand

5GHzbandsandWi-Fispeedsofupto450Mbpsonboth

bands.ItalsosportstwoUSB2.0portswhichcanbeusedwith

storagedevicesandprinters.TheroutersportsanewUIwhich

wesadlydon'thaveahighenoughresolutionpictureoftopost,

butthegenerallayoutanddesignissimilartothatofAsus'

UEFI.There'sofcoursesupportforFTPserver,UPnPAVand

variousotherfeatures.TheRT-N66Ushouldbebasedona

600MHzSoCpairedupwith32MBofFlashand1GBofDDR2

memoryifinitialspecsprovetobecorrect.

StartingatthebottomofthenewmodelswehavetheRT-N10

LXwhichisabasic802.11nsingleantenna150Mbpsrouter

withastandard10/100Mbpsswitchandamere4MBofflash

and16MBofRAM.MovingupastepwehavetheRT-N12

LXwhichgains2x2MIMOsupportwhichoffers300Mbps

connectivityspeeds,butisotherwisenearidenticalinterms

offunctionalitytotheRT-N10LX.Bothofthesemodelssit

flatandhavefixedexternalantennasunliketheotherBlack

Diamondseriesrouters.

Inadditiontothenewrouters,AsusisalsolaunchingtheUSB-

N53,adualbandUSBdonglewith2x2MIMOantennasfor

speedsofupto300Mbpsandit'sbeendesignedtogowith

theBlackDiamondseriesofrouters.Asushasstartedtomake

someprettyimpressivenetworkkitandouronlyreservation

aboutAsus'Wi-Fiproductsisthecomparativelyhighpriceof

someofitsproducts,suchastheRT-N56Uwhichisstillone

ofthemoreexpensiveconsumerroutersoutthere.Sadlywe

don'tknowwhatthenewmodelswillcost,butwe'reexpecting

thattheRT-N66UwillbeevenpricierthantheRT-N56U.

BlackBerrymakerfacesthird

dayoftechnicalwoes

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/blackberry-maker-faces-third-day-of-

technical-woes/13723.html

NextupwehavetheRT-N15Uandthismodelhasapairof

PCBantennasandsupportfor300MbpsMIMOconnectivity.

ItalsohasaGigabitswitch,aGigabitWANportandasingle

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October12th,2011

ExtensivedelaysanddisruptionsforBlackBerryusersentered

intothethirdconsecutivedayasreportsfilteredinoffresh

problemssurfacinginAsianmarkets.AccordingtoaWall

StreetJournalreport,affectedcountriesincludeJapan,Hong

Kong,SingaporeandIndia.

ThefirsthintofproblemaroseonMonday,whendisruptions

totheBlackBerryserviceanddelaysofuptoseveralhourswere

experiencedacrossEurope,theMiddleEast,AfricaandIndia.

ThedisruptionswereoriginallydeclaredasfixedonTuesday

morningbuthiccupsresurfacedbylunchtime.Theproblems

hadalsoapparentlyspreadtoBrazil,ChileandArgentina.

RIMhasmorethan70millionsubscribersaroundthe

globe,whichitservesviacentralizedservershookedupto

aproprietarynetworkwithmobileoperators.Thetechnical

issuesarerelatedtotheserversthatitoperates.

EarlierstatementsreleasedRIMfailedtoshedmuchlight

ontheproblem.Anewstatementfromthebeleaguered

companypinnedtheblametoacoreswitchfailurewithin

RIM'sinfrastructure."Althoughthesystemisdesignedto

failovertoaback-upswitch,thefailoverdidnotfunctionas

previouslytested.Asaresult,alargebacklogofdatawas

generatedandwearenowworkingtoclearthatbacklogand

restorenormalserviceasquicklyaspossible.Weapologizefor

anyinconvenienceandwewillcontinuetokeepyouinformed."

Ironically,thelatestboutofbadnewsforCanadianphone

makerRIMaroseinthesameweekthatthenewAppleiPhone

4SisscheduledtodebutintheU.S.,Canada,Australia,United

Kingdom,France,GermanyandJapan.

Moreover,thenewversionofiOS5isalsoduetobereleased

onWednesday.Amongotherfeatures,iOS5comeswiththe

freeiCloudcloudservicethatoffersmorecapabilitiesthanthe

non-businessvariantoftheBlackBerryservice.Inaddition,

iOS5alsocomeswithabrandnewmessagingservicecalled

iMessengerthatcompetesdirectlywithRIM'sownBlackBerry

Messengerchatplatform.

Personally,I'venotexperiencedanyproblemspasttwodays

withmyBlackBerrysmartphoneinSingapore.Giventhat

disruptionshaveadirectimpactonBlackBerrysmartphone's

corecompetenciessuchasemails,messagingandbrowsing,

itiseasytoenvisagethefrustrationthatanyprolonged

disruptionwilltrigger.

ParallelsDesktop7forMac

Review:RunWindowsonyour

Macseamlessly

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/parallels-desktop-7-for-mac-review-

run-windows-on-your-mac-seamlessly/13711.html

Publishedby:VR-Zone

October12th,2011

Thereisdualoperatingsystemsetupsavailablebutyou'llbe

hardpressedtofindasetupthatallowsforthesimultaneous

operationandco-existinginasingleplatform.Parallel's

Desktop7forMacallowsaco-existanceofApple'sOS/X

andMicrosoft'sWindowsinthesamebox.Sonolonger

doyouneedtoworryabouthavingthe"right"operating

systemavailable.Whynotjusthavebothandbetteryethave

themrunningatthesametime.ParallelsDesktop7forMac

empowersyoutohavethebestofbothworlds.

IhavebeenastoutMicrosoftWindowsuserforalongtime.

ThatisnottosaythatIamcluelessabouttheAppleMac.I

haveusedaMacanddidsomegoodworkontheMacPlus

backinthedaydoingprettygooddesktoppublishingwork.It

wasn’tuntilrecentlythatIboughtaMacBookProformyday-

to-daywork.Themainreasonforthechange,Iwon’tcallita

switch,becausetheMacworkswellformyphotographyneeds.

IespeciallyliketheMacversionofCanon’sDPP(DigitalPhoto

Professional)software.

IstillworkonmyWindowsbasedCorei7X980desktop

systemandanolderCoreDuonotebook.ThereasonI

maintainthetwosystemsissimple;thereareapplicationsthat

IusewitheaseonWindows.Itwilltakealotofextralearning

toeventuallygettothesamelevelofproficiencyontheMac

andI’dalsohavetosourceandpurchaseadditionalsoftware.

Softwarehascomedowninpricebutitstillcostsmoney.Why

doIneedtospendadditionalmoneyforanotherversion.

So,alongcomesaproduct,ParallelsDesktopthatpromisesto

bringWindowstotheMac.Itissupposedtodothiswellfor

thepaltrysumofS$129.IwasalittleskepticalandtruthfullyI

hadnotreadthespecificationsorbackgroundoftheprogram.

AtfirstIthoughtitwouldbean‘Emulator’orthroughsome

fancyprogrammingitwouldjustdualboottheMacBooksince

theMacBooksareusingIntelprocessors.Well,theyhavebeen

forsometimealready.:)Ididn'tseeanyreasonforittobelike

BootCampbecauseBootCampisincludedwiththeMacBook

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anditdoestheDual-Bootingverywell.Dualbootinghasa

distinctadvantage–itrunsnativelyandusesdriversforthe

specifichardware.Thedisadvantageisifyouneedtoaccess

theMacandWindowssimultaneously.

Norton360version6.0public

betanowavailable

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/norton-360-version-6.0-public-beta-

now-available/13722.html

October12th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

-NortonInsight–Norton’sexclusivereputation-based

securitytechnologyleveragestheanonymoussoftware

adoptionpatternsofmillionsofcontributingSymantec

userstoautomaticallyidentifyandblockneverbeforeseen

malicioussoftware.

-SONAR–SONARtechnologymonitorsrunningapplications

forsuspiciousbehaviortoquicklydetectanddisable

previouslyunknownthreats.

-NortonUserExperience–Fromthestreamlinedmainuser

interface,Norton360version6.0betaoffersquickaccess

toNortonMobileSecurityLite,NortonCybercrimeIndex,

NortonOnlineFamilyandwebsiteratingsserviceNortonSafe

Web.

TheNorton360version6.0betaisavailableforfreepublic

downloadnowattheNorton Beta Center.

Norton360all-in-onesecuritysuiteclaimstoofferanall

rounderprotectionforusersandthecompanyhasannounced

theavailabilityoftheNorton360version6.0publicbeta.You

candownloadthebetafromtheNortonwebsite,tryitoutand

commentandfeedbacktothesecuritycompany.

NortonbySymantechasreleasedthepublicbetaofversion

6.0ofitsaward-winningall-in-onesecuritysuiteNorton360.

ThebetaisavailableforfreedownloadfromtheNortonbeta

website,andincludesthepowerfulcoresecuritytechnology

foundinNortonInternetSecurity2012,inadditionto

enhancedPCtuneupandbackupcapabilities.

Someofthenewprotectionandusabilityimprovements

include:

-NortonIdentitySafeintheCloud–Protectspersonaland

financialinformationfromcybercriminalsandkeepsusers

safefromfraudulentwebsites.Newstreamlinedinterface,

simplifiedloginexperience,andabilitytostorepasswordsin

thecloudmakeaccessibilityeasyfromanycomputer.

-NortonManagement–Newweb-basedfunctionalitylets

usersmanagetheirNortonproductsfromanywhereinthe

world.UserscanremotelyaddNortonproducts,manage

securitysettingsandupdatesubscriptions.

-DownloadInsightStabilityRatings–Checksevery

downloadedfileforsafetybeforeinstallationandnowprovides

userswithadditionaldataaboutthepredictedstabilityofthe

applicationintheirenvironment.

-BandwidthManagement–Limitsnon-criticalNorton

updateswhenconnectedtometerednetworkstoavoidusing

upmonthlydataallotmentsorcausingoveragefees.

AMDBulldozerBlues:

Performance,Power,Price...

whichwaytofightintothe

market?

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-bulldozer-blues-performance-

power-price...-which-way-to-fight-into-the-market-/13721.html

October12th,2011

ThedesktopBulldozerisfinallyout,andyousawthefirst

reviewbyus.What'stheimpactoftheperformance,powerand

pricingoftheinitiallaunchpartsontheoverallAMDproduct

positioning?WhattodowiththecurrentBulldozercore?

Yes,wesawthelaunch,andthelongawaitedBulldozeris

finallyout.Theperformanceoftheparthoversaroundthe

IntelCorei72500Kmainstream4-coreSandyBridge,andso

doestheprice.Thepowerrequirementisabitoverthetop,not

atleastduetotheleakagesespeciallyseenwhenoverclocking,

butanywaythat'ssomethingthatfuturesteppingscanalso

takecareof.

Now,whateverthecase,itseemstomethat,whenlookingat

thegeneraldesktoporevenworkstationmarket,thegamble

thatAMDtookbypairingtwointegercoreswithoneshared

FPcore,didn'ttakeoffverywellinthetypicaldesktopor

workstationusagescenarios,whereeithertherecanbemany

threadsinbenchmarkwantingtheuseofFPunits,orthe

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existingOSschedulersdon'tyethandlewelltheasymmetrical

schedulingofthreadsoncoreswithFPandwithoutFPatthe

time.

Also,itseemsthattheinherentcoreexecutionparallelism

ontheBulldozer,intermsofinstructionspercycle,isn't

reallymuchaheadofitspreviousgenerationPhenomcores

either,andthat'swheretheotherproblemofmatchingIntel

performance,coreforcore,isarising.

OK,enoughcomplaintsonthis-whatcanAMDdowiththe

Bulldozercoreasitisnow?First,thecoreseemstobedoing

verywell,includingpowerconsumptionwise,onlowerclocks.

So,themobileversionsofBulldozer,liketheonecombined

withGPUinthe'Trinity'successortoLlano,coulddojust

fine.Second,thesamebenefitsapplytoenterpriseservers,

especiallythoseinvirtualisedorcloudenvironments,oreven

'throughput'HPCuse,wheremanysmallthreadsrunatthe

Publishedby:VR-Zone

ShureSE535SpecialEdition

earphonestoretailon28

OctoberinJapan

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/shure-se535-special-edition-

earphones-to-retail-on-28-october-in-japan/13720.html

October12th,2011

TheShureSE535earphoneswerelaunchedlastyearand

featuregreataudioqualityaswellasdetachablecableswhich

areeasilyreplaceableincasetheybreak.Andbasedonthe

popularityoftheSE535,thecompanydecidedtocomeupwith

aspecialedition,andinastylishredfinish.

sametime,alotofthemwithoutanyFPuse.

That'swhyAMDlaunches'Interlagos',adual-die,16coretotal,

chip,tobethefirstinitsBulldozerserverlineup.Yes,thecore

speedswillbelesser,below3GHz,butthepowerusagewillbe

lower,thecoredensityperchipthehighestinX86world,and

withenoughsharedmemorybandwidth,allof4DDR3-1600

channelspersocket,tofeedthecoreswell.

ShureJapanhasannouncedthattheirnewearphones,SE535

"SpecialEdition"(SE535LTD-J)willbelaunchedon28

October.Theestimatedretailpricewouldbesimilartothe

SE535,whichissellingataround49,800yen(US$650).The

ShureSE535hasalreadybeenreleasedsincelastyear,and

the"SpecialEdition"isslightlydifferentasitcomeswitha

shortercablelengthof116cm(tothenormal160cm),stylish

redfinish,andsupportwiderfrequencybandforbetteraudio

quality.Thecable,whichismadeofdurableKevlarmaterial,

isremovablewithasnap-onlockingmechanism,andother

specificationsissimilartotheSE535sibling.Theearphones

willalsocomebundledwithstereomini-pluginput,silicon

earpieceavailableinthreesizes(small,mediumandlarge),

yellowfoamsleeves,carryingcase,airplaneadapter,aswellas

levelcontroller.TheShureSE535"SpecialEdition"willbein

limitedquantitythough,andavailableinAsia.

AMDFX-8150CPU

OverclockingReview:A

BulldozerforGamers?

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-fx-8150-cpu-overclocking-review-

a-bulldozer-for-gamers-/13694.html

6

So,youcanhavefourofthosechips,64corestotal,ona

singlemainboard,withhalfaterabyteofRAM,andrunalarge

databaselookuporevenmassivewebsiteserving.Sincemost

ofthetimeisspenthandlingmemoryandI/O,andswitching

betweenthreads,corespeedmattersless-stilldoesmatter,of

course,butnottothesameextentasusual.And,again,nottoo

manythreadsareFPbound,solessissuesaretherefortheFP

unitsharing,aslongastheOSthreadschedulershandlethings

fine.Therefore,AMDcouldstillhavearunatthismarket,

dependingonthepricetheyset.

Eitherway,areworkofthearchitecturehastohappen.Three

keythingscometomymindrightnow:first,moreparallelism

insideeachcore,forhigherinstructionspercycle.Second,

returnbacktotheusualstandardcoredesignwithoneFPunit

percore.Third,morememorychannelsperdie,obviouslyfour

DDR3/DDR4channelsinsteadoftwoDDR3channelswilldo

amuchbetterjobfeedingan8-corechip.Let'sseewhatAMD

candoaboutthis,assoonastheycan.

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October12th,2011

Zambeziisthefourth-longestriverinAfrica(theonewiththe

beautifulVictoriaFalls),andalsothecodenameforthenew

FXseriesof"Bulldozer"desktopenthusiastCPUsfromAMD.

Aftermonthsofspeculationandspinaboutthelaunchdate

andperformancenumbers,thenewprocessorshavefinallyhit

theshopsandwebringyouourreviewofthetopoftheline

FX-8150.Also,standachancetowinaASUSROGCrosshair

VFormula990FXMotherboard(detailsinside).

OverviewoftheAMDFXPlatform

Publishedby:VR-Zone

SuggestedretailpricingisUS$245fortheFX-8150,US$205

fortheFX-8120,US$165fortheFX-6100andUS$115forthe

FX-4100.Atthispointoftimeitisnotknownortestedifthe

4/6-coremodelshavedisabledcoreunlockcapabilities.

ThenewAMDFXmodelsareonAM3+(942pins)socket,

whichretainsmechanicalcompatibilitywitholderAM3

motherboards,providedtheycansupplyenoughpeakcurrent

andreceiveaBIOSupdatefromtherespectivevendorsto

supportthenewprocessors.Officially,AMDrecommendsthe

useofthe990FX/990x/970+SB950chipsets,butwe'veseen

motherboardvendorstoutthatthenewprocessorswillwork

frommaturemodelslike760Gtothemoremodern890FX.

PlatformSpecifications/DieShot:

First,tosetyourexpectationsrightfromthestart,thisisa

chart/bombshellfromthereviewer'sguideitself:

Aswecansee,despitethehypefrompreviouslyleaked

marketingslidesandforumtrollsclaimingotherwise,today's

AMDFXseriesofprocessorsareNOTdesignedtogoheadto

headwithIntel'shigherendSKUslikethei72600korthe6-

corei7"Gulftown"990X.Thisisevidentintheperformance

testsinthelaterpagesofourreview.

Thesearetheproductslaunchingtoday:

MuchhavebeensaidaboutthenewBulldozerarchitectureon

VR-Zoneandotherwebsitesalreadysowewillwritemorein

detailaboutitinalaterarticlethisweek.Fornow,wemove

ontowhatourreaderswillbemostinterestedin:overclocking

andbenchmarks...

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Publishedby:VR-Zone

AMDFX-8150MemoryScaling

Investigation-Feedingthe

Bulldozer

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-fx-8150-memory-scaling-

investigation--feeding-the-bulldozer/13704.html

October12th,2011

Itisoftendebatedthatusingmoreexpensive"enthusiast-

grade"memorywillhelpapplicationandgamingperformance.

WeusethelatestAMDFX-81508-coreprocessorandASUS

ROGCrosshairVFormula990FXtofindoutifthatholdstrue

fortheBulldozers...

TestSetup

•CPU:AMDFX-81508-core/8threadprocessor@

4.7Ghz(allpowersavingoptionsdisabled)

•Motherboard:ASUSROGCrosshairVFormula(BETA

9905 bios made by Shamino-withlatestBDAGESA,

unlockshighermemorymultipliersupto2400)

•Graphics:AMDRadeon6990(Crossfire)withCatalyst

11.10Preview2(8.901.2.0)

•HSF:ThermalrightSilverArrowwith2Fans

•SSD:CorsairX128SSD

•PSU:CMSilentProM1000W

•OS:Windows7x64withSP1

Contenders:

•SGD$30ValueRam-1333MHz9-9-9-241T

•SGD$50ValueRam-1600MHz9-9-9-241T

•SGD$100HighEndKit-1600MHz7-8-7-241T

•SGD$180ExtremeLevelKit-2133Mhz7-10-7-271T

AIDA64MemoryBandwidth/LatencyTest:

wPrime:

x264HDBenchmark4.0(videoencoding)

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Crysis21.9Ultra(DirectX11)

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Companiesaregenerallyplaguedwithdelayswhenitcomes

tolaunchingproducts,butAMD'sCPUbusinesshashada

terribleyearwhenitcomestodelays.ThenewFX-seriesof

CPUshavefinallylaunchedandtheanticipationofwhatAMD

willbringtothetabletogiveIntelarunforitsmoneyis

high.AlthoughthisisonlyaquicklookatthingsfromAMD's

perspective,we'llhavereviewsupofthenewCPUsaswell

whereyoucanmakeamuchmoreeducateddecisioniftheFX-

seriesisforyou.

AMDbriefedusabouttheFX-seriesofCPUsatitsTFE

eventlastweekanditwasafairlyquickrundownofitsnew

processors.Let'scuttothechaseandhavealookatthenew

modelstostartwith.Asyoucanseefromthediagrambelow,

we'relookingatatotalofsevennewmodels,althoughonly

threeofthemwillbeavailableasoftoday.Atthetopwehave

theFX-8150whichisfollowedbytheFX-8120andFX-8100.

TheFX-8100won'tbeavailableatlaunch;insteadthesixcore

FX-6100willbeoneofthethreelaunchmodels.

Left4Dead2(DirectX9)

Thethreequadcoresaresomewhatpeculiar,asintheFX-4170

forstartersonlyhasasingleturbofrequencyasyoucansee

fromthetableabove.Thisisduetothealreadyhighclock

speedofthechipanditpeaksoutat4.3GHz.TheFX-B4150is

partofAMD'sBusinessseriesofCPUsandassuchit'sunlikely

thatit'llbeavailabletoconsumers.FinallytheFX-4100isthe

mostbasicmodelfornow.

It'sworthnotingthattherearesomedifferencesbetweenthe

models,withtheFX-8100,FX-6100andFX-4100havinga

200MHzslowerchipsetinterconnect.The95Wversionofthe

FX-8120won'tbeavailableinretailboxforthetimebeingat

least,asAMDistargetingsystemintegratorswiththispartas

theydon'tlike125WTDPCPUs.WithregardtoCPUTurbo

CoreandCPUMaxTurbointhetable,thefirstoptioniswith

allcoresenabledwhereastheMaxTurboiswithhalfofthe

coresinsleepmode.Allmodelshave8MBofL3cacheand

1MBofL2cachepercore.AlloftheFXCPUsareofcourse

multiplierunlocked,althoughthat125WTDPmightholdback

theoverclockingpotentialalittlebitwhenitcomestoair

coolers.

Thatsaid,theBulldozerarchitectureisquitedifferentfrom

AMD'straditionalmulti-coreCPUsandassuchwe'relooking

atpairsofcoresin"Bulldozermodules"whereeachpairis

connectedto2MBofsharedL2cacheandasharedFPU.We'll

havetowaitandseehowwellthisworksoutinrealworld

applications,butAMDseemstothinkthisisthewayforward

foritsCPUsandAPUs.

9

Conclusion

We'llletourreadersmaketheconclusionsinthecomments

sectionbelow:)

AMDfinallylaunchesitsFX

processors

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-finally-launches-its-fx-

processors/13718.html

October12th,2011

Companiesaregenerallyplaguedwithdelayswhenitcomes

tolaunchingproducts,butAMD'sCPUbusinesshashada

terribleyearwhenitcomestodelays.ThenewFX-seriesof

CPUshavefinallylaunchedandtheanticipationofwhatAMD

willbringtothetabletogiveIntelarunforitsmoneyis

high.AlthoughthisisonlyaquicklookatthingsfromAMD's

perspective,we'llhavereviewsupofthenewCPUsaswell

whereyoucanmakeamuchmoreeducateddecisioniftheFX-

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AMDismakingsomeinterestingcomparisonswhenitcomes

toperformance,asit'sonlypitchingitshigh-endFX-8150as

aCore-i52500Kbeater,whereastheyfigureitplayspretty

evenlywithIntel'sCorei7-2600Kwithsomebenchmarkwins

andsomebenchmarklosses.Ofcoursethiswilldependquitea

lotonthebenchmarkinquestionandaccordingtoAMD'sown

internalteststheFX-8150doesn'treallystandoutinmostof

thetestsandit'squitebadlybeateninothers.

ResearchinMotionunveils

BlackBerryTag

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/research-in-motion-unveils-blackberry-

tag/13719.html

October12th,2011

Blackberrymaker,ResearchinMotion,hasunveiledthe

BlackBerryTagthatletsyouexchangemultimediacontent

andcontactinfowithyourfriendsbysimplytappingtheir

BlackBerrydevicestogether,vianearfieldcommunication

(NFC)technology.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

ResearchinMotionhasannouncedtheBlackBerryTag,which

allowuserstosharecontactinformation,documents,URLs,

photosandothermultimediacontenteasilybysimply

tappingtheirBlackBerrysmartphonestogether.Thisisdone

viaNearFieldCommunications(NFC)technologyincluded

intherecentlylaunchedBlackBerryBold9900/9930and

BlackBerryCurve9350/9360/9370smartphones,andwill

alsoenablefriendstoinstantlyaddoneanotherascontacts

onBBM(BlackBerryMessenger).TheBlackBerryTagwill

beincorporatedinthenextBlackBerry7OSupdate.The

companyhasalsoannouncedplanstoexposeBlackBerryTag

throughAPIsontheBlackBerryplatform,allowingsoftware

developerstotakeadvantageof"taptoshare"functionality

fromwithintheirownapplications.

AsuslaunchestheZenbook

UX21andUX31

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-launches-the-zenbook-ux21-and-

ux31/13717.html

October12th,2011

It'sbeenoverfourmonthssinceAsusfirstshowedoffits

UltrabookbackatComputex,butthecompanyhasfinally

launchedtheUX21andUX31undertheslightlyoddZenbook

name.Presumablyithassomethingtodowiththelow

noiselevelsofUltrabooks,butwe'renotsureit'sthemost

memorablenameAsuscould'vegonefor.

It'sbeenoverfourmonthssinceAsusfirstshowedoffits

UltrabookbackatComputex,butthecompanyhasfinally

launchedtheUX21andUX31undertheslightlyoddZenbook

name.Presumablyithassomethingtodowiththelow

noiselevelsofUltrabooks,butwe'renotsureit'sthemost

memorablenameAsuscould'vegonefor.

There'slittledoubtthatAsusispinningalotonitsUltrabooks

asthecompanyhadalauncheventinNewYorkwithits

chairmanJonneyShihonlocation.It'srareofAsustohave

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majorproductlaunchesoutsideofTaiwanandalthough

weknowthere'salauncheventinTaiwanlatertoday,it's

seeminglyafairlysmalleventcomparedtotheNewYork

launch.Anyhow,AsuswillofferfivedifferentSKUsintotal,

twofortheUX21andthreefortheUX31.

IntheUSpricingstartatUS$999forthebaseUX21model

withthebaseUX31comingitatUS$1,099.Thehigher-end

UX21comesinatUS$1,199,withtheUX31witha256GB

SSDwillsetyoubackUS$1,349andfinallythetopofthe

rangeUX31willcostUS$1,499.It'sprettyclearthatAsushas

priceditsZenbookstobecompetitivelypricedagainstApple's

MacBookAirproductswiththe13.3-inchmodelscomingitat

slightlylessandthe11.6-inchmodelscominginatthesame

pricepoints.

ViewSonicannouncesthe

ViewPad10e

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/viewsonic-announces-the-

viewpad-10e/13716.html

October12th,2011

It'snoteasytostaycompetitiveintheworldoftabletsand

we'realittlebitperplexedaboutViewSonic'slatestmodel,the

ViewPad10e.Unlikeitsprevious10-inchmodels,the10ehas

a9.7-inchIPSpanelwith1024x768resolution,yes,that'sthe

sameastheiPad.TheoverallspecificationputstheViewPad

10eintheaffordablesectionwhichisatleastsomething.

It'snoteasytostaycompetitiveintheworldoftabletsand

we'realittlebitperplexedaboutViewSonic'slatestmodel,the

ViewPad10e.Unlikeitsprevious10-inchmodels,the10ehas

a9.7-inchIPSpanelwith1024x768resolution,yes,that'sthe

sameastheiPad.TheoverallspecificationputstheViewPad

10eintheaffordablesectionwhichisatleastsomething.

Asyoumightalreadyhaveguessed,theViewPad10eruns

Androidandinthiscaseversion2.3/Gingerbread.Ithasa

fairlyold1GHzARMCortexA8basedSoCatitscore,soit's

notgoingtobeaperformancemonster.TothisViewSonic

hasadded512MBofDDR3memoryand4GBofinternalflash

storage.There'sofcoursealsoamicroSDmemorycardslotfor

furtherstorageexpansion.

StartingwiththeUX21commonfeaturesincludean11.6-

inchdisplaywith1366x768resolution,4GBof1333MHz

DDR3memory(non-upgradable),a128GBSATA6GbpsSSD,

802.11b/g/nWi-Fi,Bluetooth4.0,a0.3Megapixelwebcam,

oneUSB2.0port,oneUSB3.0port,amicroHDMIport,a

custom"mini"VGAport,asingleaudiojackforaheadsetand

a35Whrbatterythat'ssaidtobegoodforjustover5hofusage

orsevendaysstandby.TheOnlydifferencewespottedforthe

UX21seriesistheCPUwhichcomesinachoiceofaCore

i5-2467Mwhichisclockedat1.6GHzandcanturboto2.3GHz,

oraCorei7-2677Mwithastockclockof1.8GHzoraturbo

clockor2.9GHz.Althoughnotmentionedinthepressrelease,

AsusisalsolistingaCorei3-2367Mmodelonitswebsiteand

thisisa1.4GHzCPUwithoutturbo.

TheUX31isslightlydifferentandalthoughthebasicfeatures

arethesameastheUX21,herewe'reofcourselookingat

alarger13.3-inchscreenwhichwe'regladtoseeoffersa

resolutionof1600x900pixels.Theonlyadditionalfeature

hereisanSDcardreader,althoughtheUX31alsohasa

larger50WhrbatterywhichaccordingtoAsusshouldlastfor

over7horgiveyou10daysofstandbypower.Twomodels

arekittedoutwithaCorei5-2557MCPUwhichstartsat

1.7GHzbutwhichwillturboto2.7GHz,soslightlybeefier

CPUperformanceherecomparedtotheUX21.Themorebasic

modelwithhavethesame128GBSSDwhilethemiddlemodel

getsboostedto256GB.Finallythetopoftherangemodelhas

thesameCorei7-2677MastheUX21,butcombinedwiththe

256GBSSDoption.

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silentgraphicsprocessorcoolingsolutiontoridethe"silent"

bandwagon.TheuseofcoolerandquieterDDR3memory

couldalsohavearoleinkeepingthecardlight.

HISunveileditslatestmid-rangegraphicscard,theRadeon

HD6670iSilence4.ThecardemploysaZalman-made

silentgraphicsprocessorcoolingsolutiontoridethe"silent"

bandwagon.TheuseofcoolerandquieterDDR3memory

couldalsohavearoleinkeepingthecardlight.

Connectivityoptionsconsistsof802.11b/g/nWi-Fi,Bluetooth

3.0,amicroUSBport,aminiHDMIportanda3.5mm

headsetjack.TheHDMIportislimitedto720poutputdue

totheolderSoCwhichlacksthegraphicscapabilitiesofmore

modernARMbasedsolutions.There'salsoafrontmounted

1.3MegapixelcameraandthetablethasaG-sensoraswellas

apairofstereospeakersandamicrophonebuiltin.Thetablet

weighsinat620gandmeastures242x189x9mm.ViewSonic

statesthatitsportsa5,400mAhbatterybuttherewasno

mentionofbatterylifeinthepressreleasebeyondstandby

timewhichViewSonicratesat200h.

Weshouldmentionthefactthatitdoesn'tappeartosupport

theAndroidMarketandinsteadViewSonichasaddedsupport

forthe1MobileMarket.Italsocomespre-loadedwiththe

AmazonKindleappandViewSonic's3DUI.TheViewPad10e

shouldlaunchnextmonthintheUKwithotherregionssetto

follow.Nowordonpricingasyet,butwe'reexpectingittobe

oneofthemostaffordabledevicesinitssizethat'sfromabrand

namemanufacturer.

HISRollsOutNewSilentHD

6670GraphicsCard

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/his-rolls-out-new-silent-hd-6670-

graphics-card/13715.html

October12th,2011

HISunveileditslatestmid-rangegraphicscard,theRadeon

HD6670iSilence4.ThecardemploysaZalman-made

Tobeginwith,HISoptedforaZalmanVNF100GPUcooler.

ItconsistsofaGPUbasefromwhichheatisconveyedto

themainheatsinkoverthreeheatpipes.Theheatsinkhovers

overthereverse(solder)sideofthePCBinsteadofobverse

(component),it'sagiventhatinmostsetups,thereverseside

facesthetop,andsoplacingtheheatsinkherewouldhelpwith

convectionalcooling.

TheheatsinkcoolsonlytheGPU,theAMD-brandedDDR3

memorychipsdrawverylittlepower(comparedtoGDDR5),

andcanmaketowithnoadditionalcooling,soisthesimple

VRMthatusesconventionalup-downMOSFETconfiguration.

TheRadeonHD6670isbasedonthe40nanometer"Turks"

siliconbyAMD,itisDirectX11compliant,andpacks480

streamprocessors,anda128-bitwidememoryinterface.The

HISHD6670iSilence4reliesentirelyonthemotherboardfor

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power,itlacksadditionalCrossFirebridgeinterfaces.Display

outputsincludeoneeachofDVI,HDMI1.4a(with7.1channel

HDaudio),andD-Sub(VGA).

Pricingandavailabilityarestillunknown.

Pioneersettothrillmoviefans

withnew3DBlu-rayplayers

Publishedby:VR-Zone

LogitechannouncesUltimate

Ears350and350viin

Singapore

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-announces-ultimate-ears-350-

and-350vi-in-singapore/13713.html

October12th,2011

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/pioneer-set-to-thrill-movie-fans-with-

new-3d-blu-ray-players/13714.html

October12th,2011

WiththenewLogitechUltimateEars350and350vi,you

canenjoynoise-free,superiorqualityaudioofyourfavorite

songs.TheUltimateEars350viisslightlydifferentfromthe

UltimateEars350asitcomeswitharemotecontrolandbuilt-

inmicrophone.Bothearphonesareavailablenow.

ThenewLogitechUltimateEars350and350viaredesignedby

thesameengineerswhocreatestagemonitorsforyour

favoritemusicians.Bothnoise-isolatingearphonesclaimto

ensuresuperioracousticsandextrabassregardlessofthe

genreofsongsyouarelisteningto.Incorporatingsweat-

resistantanddurabledesign,theearphonesareidealforuse

evenduringoutdooractivities.TheUltimateEars350vihas

theadditionalremotecontrolwithbuilt-inmicrophone,and

bothearphonescomewithfivepairsofearcushionstofit

differentearsizes,andapocket-readyhardcasetoprotectthe

earphoneswhenyouareonthego.

ESETlaunchesNOD32

Antivirus5andSmartSecurity

5

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/eset-launches-nod32-antivirus-5-and-

smart-security-5/13712.html

Moviefanswouldlovethenewline-upofPioneerBlu-ray

players-BDP-140,BDP-440andBDP-LX55-whichclaimto

supportadditionalpopularvideoandmusicplaybackformats,

optimizedHDMIconnectivityandadvancednetworking

features.Ontopofthat,allthreemodelsarecapableof3D

playbackandboastcinema-qualityexperience.

PioneerhasunveiledthreenewBlu-raydiscplayersin

Singapore-theBDP-140,BDP-440andBDP-LX55-thatclaim

todeliverexceptionalvisualandaudiocinematicperformance

inthecomfortofyourhome.Theplayerssupportawide

rangeofvideoandmusicplaybackformatsincludingFLAC

(BDP-LX55only),MKV,DivX,PlusHD,WMV,WMAand

MP3playbackaswellasphotoslideshowswithitsJPEG

viewer;HDMIoutputtodisplaysinhighdefinition;and

thesenewmodelsarecapableoffull3Dmovieplaybackwith

remarkablyclear,crispimagesandsuperiorsound.

EnabledwithconnectivitytolocalnetworksandtheInternet,

thePioneerplayerscanconnecttoawirelesshomenetwork

viaanoptionalwirelessnetworkadapterAS-WL200.On

topofthat,theseplayersareequippedwithPicasaViewing

capabilitiessothatyoucanenjoyyourfavoritephotoalbums

besideswatchingYouTubevideos.Thenewplayersarealso

DLNAcertified,whichallowsyoutoplaybackaudio,videoand

photocontentstoredonacompatiblenetworkPCormedia

server.

ThePioneerBDP-140isnowavailableatauthorizedPioneer

retailoutletsatasuggestedretailpriceofS$299whilethe

BDP-LX55andBDP-440willbeavailablefromendOctober

onwards.Pricingdetailsnotreleasedatpresstime.

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October12th,2011

Thismorning,ITsecuritycompanyESEThasannouncedthe

launchoftheirlatestSmartSecurity5andNOD32Antivirus5

inAsiaPacific,includingSingapore.Bothproductsoffernew

andimprovedfeaturesincludingESETLiveGrid,acloud-

basedreputationandprotectiontechnology'removableMedia

Controlwithgranualarcontrolofexternaldevices;aswellas

GamerMode.

EvaMarkova,chiefoperatingofficerofESETAsiaPacific,was

attheeventtogiveanintroductionofthecompany,fromthe

historytothecompany'sgrowthandproductrecognitionin

themarket.

ESEThaslaunchedtheirnewSmartSecurity5and

NOD32Antivirus5whichclaimtoofferadvanceddetection

technologyandmulti-layeredsecurityfeaturesforthehome

users.TheESETSmartSecurity5offersvariousnew

featuresincludingLiveGrid(Cloud-poweredReputation)that

candeliveroptimizedreal-timeprotectionagainstinternet

threatsandsocialmediaexploits;ParentalControlthatcan

protectchildrenfrompotentiallyoffensivewebcontentby

blockingvariouswebsitecategories;andAdvancedHIPS

Functionalityforuserswhowanttocustomizethebehaviorof

thesystemindetaillikespecifyingrulesforthesystemregistry,

activeprocessesandprograms.TheESETNOD32Antivirus

5alsocomeswithfeatureslikeitsSmartSecurity5sibling,

aswellasGamerModethatletsuserfocusontheironline

sessionsorimportantworktasks;EnhancedMediaControl

thatcanautomaticallyscanallUSBflashdrives,memory

cardsandCDs/DVDs;andSmartDetectionthatcandetect

malwareusingadvancedheuristicdetectiontechnologyto

protectagainstunknownthreats.

RetailPrice

ESETNOD32Antivirus5:S$29–1-yearlicense;S$45–2-

yearlicense

PavelLuka,chieftechnologyofficerofESET,talkedaboutthe

company'sreal-timeadaptivescanningtechnology,malware

trends,andtheupcomingproductsnextyear.

CiscorefreshesLinksysE-

Serieswirelessrouters,

launchesnewX-Series

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/cisco-refreshes-linksys-e-series-

wireless-routers-launches-new-x-series/13710.html

October12th,2011

ESETSmartSecurity5:S$39–1-yearlicense;S$59–2-year

license

Consumerslookingtoupgradetheirhomewirelessnetwork

maywanttotakealookattherefreshedLinksysE-series

wirelessroutersaswellasthenewrangeofLinksysX-series

modemrouters.AccordingtoCisco,thenewproductsare

characterizedbyhighperformanceandsetsnewbenchmarks

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forspeed,wirelessrangeandease-of-use.Nottomention

thesleekindustrialdesignsthatcombinesaestheticsand

advancedfunctionality.

Inapreparedstatement,UlrikeTegtmeier,VicePresident,

International,CiscoHomeNetworkingBusinessUnit,said,

"Thehomenetworkisnowacomplexmixofvariousdevices

connectingtooneplatform,andconsumersaredemanding

reliabilityandspeedtomeettheirdigitallifestyleneeds.

Beyondthesmartphoneandpersonalcomputer,devicesthat

areconnectedtothehomenetworkincludeTVs,Blu-Ray

players,gameconsolesandset-topboxes.Theincreasingly

sophisticatedrequirementsofconsumerstodayunderscore

theimportanceofwirelessconnectivityforanext-generation

homeentertainmentexperience."

LinksysE-serieswirelessrouters

TheimprovedLinksysE-serieswirelessroutersprovidespeeds

ofupto450Mbpsonthehighest-endmodel.Selectedmodels

alsoincorporateSpeedBoostexternalpoweramplifiersto

maintainsignalstrengthoveragreaterdistance.Inaddition,

virtualUSBtechnologymakesitpossibletoconnectUSB

printers,storageandotherUSB-baseddevicestothenetwork.

TherefreshedE-seriesfamilyisshowninthetablebelow.

LinksysX-seriesmodemrouters

TheLinksysX-seriesfamilyofmodelroutersaredesignedto

workwithbothDSLandcablebroadbandconnections.The

flexibilitymeansthatusersarefreetoswitchbetweencable

andDSLbroadbandwhenmovingtoanewhomeortoenjoy

betterdealsfromanotherserviceprovider.TheLinksysX2000

Wireless-NADSL2+ModemRouteriscurrentlyavailableat

S$139andsupportsupto300MbpswirelesswithEthernet

Publishedby:VR-Zone

ADATAStartsShippingXM-13

mSATASSD

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/adata-starts-shipping-xm-13-msata-

ssd/13709.html

October12th,2011

ADATAstartedshippingitsXM13familyofSandforce-driven

solidstatedrives(SSDs)inthemSATAform-factor.The

XM13wasspottedatthisyear'sComputextradeshow,held

inJune,inTaiwan.ADATAispromisingcapacitiesand

speedscomparabletoSSDsinthe2.5-inchform-factor,and

endurancethatmakesitfitforSSDcachingonmotherboards

withmSATAslotsandSSD-cachingtechnologiessuchasIntel

SmartResponse.

ADATAstartedshippingitsXM13familyofSandforce-driven

solidstatedrives(SSDs)inthemSATAform-factor.TheXM13

wasspottedatthisyear'sComputextradeshow,heldinJune,

inTaiwan.ADATAispromisingspeedscomparabletolarger

SSDsinthe2.5-inchform-factor,andendurancethatmakes

itfitforSSDcachingonmotherboardswithmSATAslotsand

technologiessuchasIntelSmartResponse.

ADATAXM13isavailableincapacitiesof30GBand60

GB.AttheheartofADATAXM13isSandforceSF-1200

controller,wiredtofourIntel-madeMLCNANDflashchips.

ThecontrollersupportsSATA3Gbpsinterface.ADATAis

advertisingsequentialtransferratesofupto280MB/sreads

and260MB/swrites.Randomread/writethroughputfigure

givenoutis12,500IOPS.WithaMTBFis1.2millionhours,

andshockresistenceof1500G/0.5mstheXM13istoutedtobe

extremelydurable.

ports.TheLinksysX3000AdvancedWireless-NADSL2+

ModemRouter,whichcostsS$179andcomeswithGigabit

Ethernetports,willbeavailableend-November.

AllproductswillbesoldatChallengerSuperstore,

HarveyNorman,BestDenki,Courts,SouthAsiaComputer,

InforcomTechnologies,Fuwell,AGenuineTechnology,

CybermindComputerHouse,CyberactiveTechnology,

Bizgram,Videopro,GainCityandHaiXinRui.

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ADATAXM1330GBispricedintheUS$70to$80range,and

the60GBvariantinthe$125to$135range.

IntelChartsOutSSDRoadmap

for2012

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-charts-out-ssd-roadmap-

for-2012/13708.html

October12th,2011

Intelhasplansforthesolidstatedrive(SSD)marketthat

lookdeepinto2012.Itisbecomingincreasinglyclearthatthe

companywantstogiveitsSSDportfoliothebreakneckproduct

cycleitsprocessorlineupenjoys,thatofgenerationleapsevery

yearorso.Lookinginto2012,weseenewmodelstargeting

prettymucheverymajormarketsegment.

Intelhasplansforthesolidstatedrive(SSD)marketthat

lookdeepinto2012.Itisbecomingincreasinglyclearthatthe

companywantstogiveitsSSDportfoliothebreakneckproduct

cycleitsprocessorlineupenjoys,thatofgenerationleapsevery

yearorso.Lookinginto2012,weseenewmodelstargeting

prettymucheverymarketsegment.

Tobeginwith,Intelwillenter2012calendaryearwithmany

oftheproductsitintroducedveryrecently,someithasn't

evendoneyet.TheseincludetheSSD520"Cherryville",SSD

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710"Lyndonville",SSD720"Ramsdale",and"HawleyCreek"

mSATASSDs.Severalofthesewilllaunchwithinthefourth

quarterof2011.Intelwillthenallowtheseproductstoleadthe

portfoliofortheremainderof2011andthefirstquarterof2012

(i.e.tilltheendofMarch2012).

Inthesecondquarterof2012,Intelwilllaunch"Ramsdale

MLC".Simplyput,thisisavariantof"Ramsdale"IntelSSD

720seriesPCIExpressSSDs,whichuses25nmMLC-HET

NANDflashmemoryinsteadofSLCNANDflashfoundon

thestandard"Ramsdale".MLC-HETallowsInteltodouble

capacities,whileofferingcomparableendurancetoSLC,and

muchhigherpricepergigabyte.Itdoes,however,comeatthe

costofslightlylowerthroughput.Hence,RamsdaleMLCisn't

reallyareplacement,butmoreofanexpansionofthe700

SeriesPCIExpressfamily.

Aroundthesametime,Intelwilllaunch"KingCrest",a

successorofSSD520"Cherryville"family.Thisismost

definitelyasuccessor,sinceituses25nmMLC-HETNAND

flashinsteadofregular25nmNANDflashfoundonSSD

520.Wedon'texpectanyleapsintermsofcapacities,but

endurance,sequentialdata-rates,andthroughputcanbe

expectedtogoup.LiketheSSD520,"KingCrest"comesinthe

2.5-inchform-factorwithSATA6Gbpsinterface.

Somereallybigchangesarereservedforthethirdquarter

of2012.Here,wefindanewproducttakingshape,

codenamed"Taylorsville".ThisoneisslatedtosucceedSSD

710"Lyndonville",withsignificantincreasesincapacities.

"Taylorsville"willbeavailableincapacitiesof800GB,400

GB,and200GB.LikeSSD710,itwillmakeuseofMLC-

HETNANDflash,the2.5-inchform-factor,andSATA6Gbps

interface.

Finally,thereis"LincolnCrest",asuccessorofSSD320series.

ThesedriveswillmarkthetransitionofIntel'smainstream-

thru-valueSSDstotheSATA6Gbpsinterface.Itwillmake

useofMLC-HETNANDflash,andhencewillbealotmore

durable,andspeedycomparedtoSSD320series.

ASRockX79Extreme7Full

Board-ShotsSurface

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asrock-x79-extreme7-full-board-shots-

surface/13707.html

October12th,2011

HerearesomeofthefirstpressshotsofASRock'selusive

X79Extreme7,whichwebroketotheworldlastmonthwith

ateaserpicture.Thepicturesrevealabeastthatmoreor

lessmeetsourexpectationsfromahigh-endsocketLGA2011

motherboard,andconfirmsmuchofthefeature-setwe

guesstimatedwiththehelpofthatteaserpic.

HerearesomeofthefirstpressshotsofASRock'selusive

X79Extreme7,whichwebroketotheworldlastmonthwith

ateaser picture.Thepicturesrevealabeastthatmoreor

lessmeetsourexpectationsfromahigh-endsocketLGA2011

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motherboard,andconfirmsmuchofthefeature-setwe

guesstimatedwiththehelpofthatteaserpic.

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s.8+2channelHDaudioiscareofaRealtekALC889codec,

therearesixUSB3.0portsinall(twoontherearpanel,fourvia

internalheaders),FireWire,twogigabitEthernetconnections,

andanumberofUSB2.0ports.

TheboardusesUEFIfirmware.Weexpectthesetupprogram

toberichinoverclockingoptionsthattakeadvantageofthe

awesome(onpaper)VRMdeployedonthisboard.

TheASRockX79Extreme7isexpectedtobeapartofthe

company'sfirstwaveofsocketLGA2011motherboards,due

forNovember2011.

SonySingaporeintroduces

newHD-EG5andHD-EG5U

externalharddrives

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-singapore-introduces-new-hd-

eg5-and-hd-eg5u-external-hard-drives/13706.html

October12th,2011

You'vegottohandittoASRock,they'vemanagedtogive

thisboardtherightamountofhigh-end"polish"towoo

enthusiastswitheventhedeepestpockets.TheX79Extreme7

hasabustlinglandscape.PowerisdeliveredtotheCPUusing

a16-phaseVRMthatuseshigh-gradechokesandPoscap

capacitors.Thememorylookstobepoweredbya4-phase

VRMarrangedinsetsoftwooneithersidesofthesocket.

AnoddityhereisASRock'schoiceofsixDDR3DIMMslotsfor

aplatformwithfourmemorychannels.AmongchannelsA,B,

C,andD,channelsBandDhavetwoDIMMslots.Souserswith

fourmemorymodulestospareshouldpopulatethesixslotsas

"1-0-1---1-0-1",inwhichthemiddleslotineachofthetwosets

ofDIMMslotsisleftblank.Assumingthisboardsupports16

GBmoduledensities,atotalof96GBofmemoryissupported.

ExpansionslotsincludefivePCI-Expressx16,amongwhich

twoareelectricalGen.3.0x16capable,fourareGen3.0x8

capable,andoneisGen2.0x4capable,dependingonhowthe

slotsarepopulatedwithadd-oncards.ASRockdidn'tleaveout

legacyPCI,incaseyoudon'twanttoletgoofyourawesome

PCIsoundcardsuchastheX-merideanorX-FiElitePro.

Intermsofstorageconnectivity,therearefourSATA6Gb/

sports,atotalofsevenSATA3Gb/s,andoneeSATA3Gb/

Sonyiswell-knownformostelectronicsproducts,butthisis

probablythefirsttimewehaveheardthecompanyannounced

newexternalharddisks.Availableinstylishblack,pinkand

silverflavors,theSonyexternalharddisksfeatureadvanced

technologiesandsmartA/Vfeaturesthatletsyouaccessdata

safelyandconveniently.

Sonyhasunveiledtheirlatestexternalharddriveswhichoffer

usersgreateaseofuseandsaferdatastorageandbackup.

ThenewSonyHD-EG5andHD-EG5Uarethecompany'sfirst

everexternalharddrives,availableinaslimandstylishblack,

silverandpinkcase,andweighsjust220gthatmakesthem

idealforcarryingwherevertheygo.ThenewdrivesareUSB

3.0compatibleandusepre-loadedDataTransferAccelerator

softwaretoacceleratetransferspeedsuptothreetimesfaster

comparedtodatatransferwithoutthissoftware,thusmaking

themoneofthefastest2.5-inchharddrivesonthemarket.The

softwarealsoclaimstoboosttransferspeedswhenconnected

toaUSB2.0port,uptotwotimesfasterthanwithoutusing

thesoftware.

WiththePasswordProtectionManagersoftware,youcanlock

allorpartofthedriveusingadvancedAES256-bitencryption,

soonlypassword-holderswillhaveaccesstoprotected

data.TheBackupManageralsoletsuserssetupautomatic

backupsonanyPC,andsavestimebyintelligentlyrecognising

andbackinguponlydatathathasbeenaddedormodified.

TheFAT32formattersoftwareisalsoincludedforusersto

converttheirdrivesforusewithFAT32compatiblehardware.

OwnersofSonyHandycamcamcordersandPlayStation3

gameconsolewillappreciatetheAVLinkfeaturesofthe

HD-EG5U,whichmakesplaybackofAVCHDvideoona

PlayStation3quickandpainless.Usersjustneedtoconnect

thedrivetotheHandycamwithaUSBadaptercable,copythe

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video,thenhookupthedrivetothePlayStation3toviewthe

videosusingSony’sFilmysoftware,withoutaPC.

TheSonyexternalharddrivesarecurrentlyavailablein

500GBcapacity,whichissufficienttostoreyour

documents,videos,holidayphotographsetc.TheSonyHD-

EG5andHD-EG5UharddriveswillbeavailableinAsiaPacific

fromNovember2011.

DellannouncesInspironOne

2320all-in-onedesktopPCfor

homeusers

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/dell-announces-inspiron-one-2320-all-

in-one-desktop-pc-for-home-users/13705.html

Publishedby:VR-Zone

accessingcontent.Itmeasuresjust68mmthinandcomeswith

built-inWi-FiandHDwebcamforuserswhowanttodovideo

conferencingwithfriendsorfamily.

TheInspironOne2320isavailablebeginningtoday

onwww.dell.com/sg/p/inspiron-one-2320/pdstartingatS

$1,099withanIntelPentiumprocessor.TheInspironOne

2320willalsobeavailableinselectedretaillocationsacross

Singapore.

TechnicalInformation

-Processors:IntelPentiumDualCore,IntelCorei3,2nd

generationIntelCorei5andi7

-Display:23-inchWLEDwith1920x1080(FullHD)

resolutionstandard(TouchOptional)

October12th,2011

-Memory:4GBDDR3Memory(standard)upto8GBDDR3

Memory

-HDWebcam

-Optionalremote

-HardDriveoptions:500GBSATA3.5-inch(standard),upto

2TBSATA3.5-inch

-Graphics:On-processorgraphics(standard)uptonVidia

GeForceGT525Mdiscretegraphics

-8:1MediaCardReader

-OpticalDriveOptions:DVD+/-RW(standard)uptoBluRay

Combo

-Wirelesskeyboardandmouse

-Audio:IntegratedHDAudiow/SRSandJBL-branded

speakers

-Dimensions:Width567mm,Height397mm,Depth68mm

Touchand66.5mmnon-touchscreen

RomaniawinsMSIMaster

OverclockingArena2011

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/romania-wins-msi-master-

overclocking-arena-2011/13703.html

October12th,2011

Professionalleveloverclockinghasbecomeaverycompetitive

sport,mindyou,it'sonlyreallycompetitivewithinthe

communityitselfbutthathasn'tstoppedthemotherboard

manufacturerstohostcompetitionsfortheworld'sbest

overclockers.FridaysawthefourthannualMSIMaster

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DellSingaporehasannouncedtheirnewInspironOne2320

all-in-onedesktop,designedforhomeusers.Thesleekand

stylishfull-featuredPCcomeswitha23-inchfullhigh

definitiondisplayandIntelsecondgenerationCoreiprocessor

optionsforsuperbcomputingperformance.

Today,DellintroducedtheirnewInspironOne2320,

whichclaimstobetheultimateall-in-onedesktopthat

candeliversuperbentertainmentexperiencefortheentire

family.Initssleekandstylishexterior,theInspironOne

2320featuresaspace-savingdesignthatfitsneatlyintight

spacessuchasthekitchen,oronadeskinthehomeoffice.

ItisavailablewithvariousIntelPentiumdualcore,Corei3,

i5ori7processoroptions,andoptionaldiscretegraphicsfor

greatcomputingandmultimediaperformance.Thedesktop

alsocomeswith23-inchfullhigh-definition(1080p)display

thatletsyouenjoyyourfavoritemovies,orhooktoyourgame

consoleviaHDMI,andyoucanalsochoosetowatchTVwith

theoptionalbuilt-inTVtuner.Userswholiketotouchand

type,theInspironOne2320isalsoavailablewithamulti-

touchdisplayoption,offeringasimple,intuitiveexperiencefor

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OverclockingArenafinalinTaipeiwithcompetitorsfrom

allovertheplanetcompetetobecometheworldchampion,

oratleasttheworldchampionusingMSImotherboardsto

overclockwith.

Professionalleveloverclockinghasbecomeaverycompetitive

sport,mindyou,it'sonlyreallycompetitivewithinthe

communityitselfbutthathasn'tstoppedthemotherboard

manufacturerstohostcompetitionsfortheworld'sbest

overclockers.FridaysawthefourthannualMSIMaster

OverclockingArenafinalinTaipeiwithcompetitorsfrom

allovertheplanetcompetetobecometheworldchampion,

oratleasttheworldchampionusingMSImotherboardsto

overclockwith.

Sixteenteamsfromallovertheworldwerecompetingagainst

eachother,althoughthisyearSingaporedidn'thaveanyone

representingthematthefinals.It'salwaysalotofspeculation

astowhowillwinthesecompetitions,butit'sdifficultto

predictasalotofitcomesdowntothekit.It'snotrare

thatmotherboardsorgraphicscardsfailduetotheextreme

temperaturesandasfarasthe3Dbenchmarksareconcerned

theretendtobeissueswiththememorynotclockingequally

highonthevariousgraphicscards.However,theonething

thatcaneasilypreventateamfromwinningistheCPUand

althoughtheCPU'shavebeenpre-tested,theyusuallydon't

alloverclocktothesamespeed.Thecomponentsaregiven

basedonalotterywhereeachteamgetstopickanumberwith

correspondstoeitheraCPUoranentiresetup.

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Beyondthecompetitionitself,MSIwasalsohostingvarious

littleshowstogowiththeeventaswellasaPCbuilding

competitionforstudentstogetherwiththelocalPCDIY

magazine.Thesponsors–Intel,Kingston,Thermaltakeand

WesternDigital–werealsoattendingtheeventandwere

showingoffsomeoftheirproductsandgivingawayfrom

freebies.Weshotashortvideoattheeventthatgivesyou

anideaofwhatwasgoingonandyoucancheckoutsome

additionalpicturesfromtheeventonthenextpage.

Formoredetailedinformation,checkouttheMSI MOA

website

SonyEricssonannounces

XperiaarcSandXperianeoV

inSingapore

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-announces-xperia-arc-s-

and-xperia-neo-v-in-singapore/13702.html

October12th,2011

SonyEricssonhasannouncedtheavailabilityoftheXperia

arcSandXperianeoVinSingapore.TheXperiaarcSisthe

improvedversionofitspopularXperiaarcsibling,features

anupgraded1.4Ghzprocessorandboasts25%fastercamera

startupand20%fasterwebpagerendering.TheXperianeo

Vsportsa3.7-inchdisplayandcomeswithallthefeatureslike

GoogleTalkwithVideoChatandenhancedFacebook.

ThebenchmarksthistimearoundwasSuperPI32M,

3DMark11andgoodold3DMark2001SE.Evenbeforethe

competitionhadstarted,lastyear'swinnerofGigabyte'sGO

OCcompetition,matosefromRomaniawastippedofftobethe

winnerwithhisteammateMonstru.Thatsaid,boththeGreek

teamwithStelarsandAristidis(whichcamesecond)andthe

SwedishteamconsistingofElmorandME4ME(whichcame

third)weretippedtobeamongthetopteamsandalthough

thisissortofspoilingthings,it'showthingsplayedoutatthe

endoftheday,muchofthankstotheluckofthedraw.That

said,therewereotherteamsthattooktheleadfromtimeto

timeanditwasonlyinthelastminutesofthecompetitionthat

itwasclearthatRomaniawouldwinMOA.

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Today,SonyEricssonhasintroducedtwonewphonesin

Singapore,theXperiaarcSandXperianeoV,whichclaim

todeliversuperbentertainmentexperiencestoconsumers.

SonyEricssonXperiaarcS

WinneroftheEISAaward“EuropeanCameraPhone

2011-2012”,theSonyEricssonXperiaarcSincorporates

variousSonytechnologiesincluding3Dsweeppanorama;

4.2-inchRealitydisplaywithmobileBRAVIAEngine;8.1-

megapixelcamerawithhighdefinitionvideocapability;and

Sony’sExmorRmobileimagesensorthatcanenhancestill

imagesandvideosevenunderlowlightconditions.Itis

alsofasterthantheXperiaarcsibling,withitsfast1.4GHz

processor,including25%fastercamerastartup,and20%

fasterwebpagerendering.

KeyfeaturesofXperiaarcS:

-upgraded1.4Ghzprocessor

-4.2-inchRealitydisplaywithMobileBRAVIAEngine

-25%fastercamerastartupand20%fasterwebpage

renderingcomparedtoXperiaarc

-8.1mpcamerawithHDvideocapabilityandSony’saward

winningExmorR

-LatestAndroidplatformGingerbread2.3

SonyEricssonXperianeoV

TheSonyEricssonXperianeoVisoneofthefirstXperia

smartphonestolaunchwiththenew2.3.4Gingerbread

upgradeandincludesallthefeatureslikeGoogleTalk

withVideoChatandenhancedFacebookinsideXperia

functionality.Thesmartphonealsofeaturestheworld’sfirst

3DsweeppanoramafunctionalitypoweredbySonywhere

imagescanbecapturedandthenviewedin3Donthe3DTV

viaHDMIoutput.

KeyfeaturesofXperianeoV:

-3.7”RealitydisplaywithMobileBRAVIAEngine

-Gestureinputmakingtextingabreeze

-UpdatedFacebookinsideXperiafunctionalityforenhanced

like,shareofmediaandapps

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TheSonyEricssonXperiaarcSisnowavailableinSingapore

inPureWhite,MidnightBlueandSakuraPink,ata

recommendedretailpriceofS$788withoutcontract;theSony

EricssonXperianeoVcomesinWhiteandBlueGradientata

recommendedretailpriceofS$468withoutcontract.

Playyour2Dgamein3Don

Optimus3DwithLG's3Dgame

converter

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/play-your-2d-game-in-3d-on-

optimus-3d-with-lg-s-3d-game-converter/13701.html

October12th,2011

AtIFA2011tradefairinBerlin,LGunveiledtheir

proprietary3DGameConverterthatallowssmartphoneusers

totransformOpenGL-based2Dgamesinto3Dandvice

versa.Well,thecompanyhasannouncedthatthe3DGame

Converterfeatureisnowavailablefordownload.

LGKoreahasannouncedthatitsexclusive3DGame

ConverterisnowavailablefordownloadforLGOptimus

3Dsmartphones.IncludedinthefirstMaintenanceRelease

(MR),thesoftwarewillbeavailableinEuropebeginningthis

monthandrolled-outtootherregionsoverthenextseveral

weeks.The3DGameConverteristhefirstsoftwareengine

thatallowssmartphoneuserstotransformOpenGL-based2D

gamesinto3Dandviceversaanytime.

Afterinstallation,userssimplyneedtoactivatethe3DGame

Converterapplication.Theonlyrequirementisthatthe2D

gameisbasedonOpenGLandrunsinlandscapemode.Users

canalsomanuallyadjust3Ddepthandvisionsettingsfor

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theoptimumexperience.Changingbetween3Dand2Disas

simpleasflickingthe3DHotKeyswitchatanytime.

LGplanstoofferanothersoftwareupgradetoenhancethe

Optimus3Dwithnewfeaturesincluding,butnotlimitedto:

-3DVideoEditorforcreatingandediting3Dmoviesrighton

thedevice;

-2Dviewingof3Dvideosinasingle-screenmode;

-DolbyMobileforbest-in-classsoundquality;

-Automatic2Dvideostabilization

The3DGameConvertercanbeautomaticallyinstalledviaWi-

Fibycheckingforsoftwareupdatesdirectlyonthephone’s

settingsmenu.Theupdateisalsoavailablebyconnecting

thedevicetoaPCandrunningtheLGMobileSupportTool

Software.Usersareadvisedtochecktheircarriers’websites

fordatesofavailability.

Corsairannouncesnewliquid

coolers,gamingcasesand

SSDdrives.

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-announces-new-liquid-coolers-

gaming-cases-and-ssd-drives./13700.html

October12th,2011

Corsair'smediadepartmentisonfiretoday,announcingthe

releaseofnolessthan6brandnewproducts.Thecompany

announcedtwonewliquidCPUcoolers,anewgamingcasein

twocolorsandseveralnewSSDdrives,vastlyenrichingtheir

totalproductsline-up.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

ThefirstproductwhichCorsairannouncedistheH40liquid

CPUcooler,asimpleandeffectivecoolingsolutionforhigh-

poweredCPUs.Thekitincludesa2000RPMfanandretails

for59.99$USD.

WhilealmostidenticaltotheolderH70cooler,thenew

H70COREcoolerutilizesa38mmthickradiatorand,unlike

allotherliquidcoolingproductswhichCorsaircurrently

produces,itdoesnotcomewithanycoolingfan,allowingthe

userstochooseany120mmfan(s)theywant.TheH70CORE

retailsfor89.99$USD.

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Corsairhadagoodline-upofhighspeedSSDsbutnevertheless

thecompanydecidedtoaddsomemore.TheForceGTseries

hasbeenexpandedwiththeadditionofamassive480GB

drive,abletodeliverreadspeedsofupto555MB/sandwrite

speedsofupto525MB/s.Aninterestingproductnodoubt,

althoughthe999.99$USDpricetagmeansthatthedrivecosts

itsweightinPlatinum-literaly.Aslightlycheaper480GB

versionoftheForce3SSDseries,retailingat799$USD,has

alsobeenreleased.

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Lastbutnotleast,CorsairhasreleasedthenewCarbide500R

gamingcaseinsilverandblack.The500RCarbidecombines

goodcoolingoptionswithagenerousamountofinternal

volumeandacompetitivepricetag,withthecaseretailing

from139.99$USD.

IsthistheSamsungNexus

Primespecs?

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/is-this-the-samsung-nexus-prime-

specs-/13699.html

October12th,2011

GoogleandSamsungaretogetherexpectedtoannouncewhat

iscurrentlycodenamedtheNexusPrimeonthe12thof

Octoberandnowdetailedspecificationofwhatispurportedly

thenewhandset.Thenewhandsetwillfeatureacurvedscreen

andSamsunghasalreadyreleasedateaservideothatshows

littleelsebutthecurve.

GoogleandSamsungaretogetherexpectedtoannouncewhat

iscurrentlycodenamedtheNexusPrimeonthe12thof

Octoberandnowdetailedspecificationofwhatispurportedly

thenewhandset.Thenewhandsetwillfeatureacurvedscreen

andSamsunghasalreadyreleasedateaservideothatshows

littleelsebutthecurve.

IfyourecalltheNexusS,Google'smostrecentownbrand

handsetwasmadeinco-operationwithSamsungandit's

nearlyayearsincethatwasannouncedandwithGoogle

gearingupforyetanothermajorrevisionofAndroid,it'stime

foranewdevicetogowithit.Thescreenissaidtomeasure

4.65-inchesandit'saSuperAMOLEDHDdisplaywitha

resolutionof1280x720.We'renotquitesureitfitsonthe

phonecategoryanymorewithascreenthissize,butitseems

tobetheonlyinnovativefeaturetodothesedayswithregards

totheexternalappearanceofthehandsets.

We'realittlebitperplexedaboutthechoiceofprocessor,as

therumoursuggeststhattheNexusPrimewillsporta1.2GHz

dualcoreTIOMAP4460SoC.Nowthiswouldn'tbethefirst

timeSamsungwoulduseanOMAPchipinoneofitsdevices,

buttheNexusSisusingaSamsungHummingbirdSoCand

wewould'veexpectedGoogletocontinuethattrend,butalas

itseemslikethatisn'tthecase.We'realsocuriousaboutthe

clockspeed,astheOMAP4460ismeanttorunat1.5GHz,but

it'spossiblethatSamsunghadtoclockitdownduetothethin

9mmprofileofthehandset.

TheOMAP4460sportsPowerVRSGX540graphicsthat

shouldbeclockedaround384MHzandtheSoCsupportsdual

channelLPDDR2memoryofwhichSamsunghasapparently

fitted1GB.It'salsosaidtofeature32GBofstorage,much

likesomeofitsGalaxySIImodels.Otherfeaturesincludea

fairlyunimpressive5Megapixelcamerathatcanshoot1080p

HDvideo,afrontmounted1.3Megapixelcameraforvideo

calls,802.11a/b/g/nWi-Fi(2.4/5GHz)andNFCsupport.In

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termsofnetworkconnectivityit'ssaidtobeofferedeitherwith

HSDPAorLTEdependingonthenetwork,sothisonecould

beabittricky.Thebatteryismeanttobeapowerful1,750mAh

unit.

Beyondthefactthatthissoundslikeoneimpressivehandset,it

willofcourseberunningIceCreamSandwich,orAndroid4.0

asit'sexpectedtobeknownas.It'llberunningabogstandard

versionoftheOSwithoutanySamsungtweaks.Thesource

isalsosuggestingthatanewfeatureinIceCreamSandwich

istheoptiontomeasurethedatausage(i.e.downloaded

andsentdata)foreachandeveryapp.Well,it'snotlong

now,sohopefullytherealdealwillbesomewhatsimilar

totherumouredspecs,althoughwe'dreallyexpectamore

impressivecameraonadevicewhichisotherwiseonthe

cuttingedge.

Update:AccordingtoGSMArenathespecsarequitedifferent

andweshouldinsteadbelookingata1.5GHzdualcore

SamsungExynos,althoughforsomeunknownreasonGSM

ArenatalksaboutPowerVRSGX543MP2graphicswhich

doesn'tmatchthespecoftheExynosSoCandyoucan'teasily

chopandchangethegraphicsinanintegratedchip.The

camerashouldbe8Megapixelsorinotherwordsinlinewith

theGalaxySII.Thebatteryisalsosaidtobe2,050mAhinstead

of1,750mAh.

Judgingbythevideo,there'salsoa"connector"foracharging

dock,muchaspertheHTCRhyme,somethingwedidn'tpay

attentiontoatfirst.

BitFenixAnnouncesSingapore

Availability

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/bitfenix-announces-singapore-

availability/13698.html

October12th,2011

BitFenixispleasedtoannounceapartnershipwithTech

DynamictobringBitFenixproductsintothehandsofgamers

inSingapore.BitFenixproductsinSingaporewillinitiallybe

availablefromthesequalityretailers:Tradepac,BellSystems,

PCTHEMES,Castronic,BestBargain.

(BitFenixDesignLab,October5,2011)–Singapore–one

oftheworld'smostbustlingeconomiesandhometosome

ofthemostavidgamersaround.Today,BitFenixispleased

toannounceapartnershipwithTechDynamictobring

BitFenixproductsintothehandsofgamersinSingapore.

Throughthispartnership,gamersinSingaporewillbeable

tofinallypurchaseandenjoyBitFenixproductswhichhave

beenmakingwavesinthehardwarecommunitysincetheir

introduction.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

"It'sbeenalongtimecoming,butBitFenixproductsarenow

availableforsaleinSingapore,"saysDavidJarlestedt,BitFenix

ProductManager."Ourpartnershipwithdistributionpartner

TechDynamicwillensurethatgamerslivinginSingaporewill

finallybeabletogetaholdofBitFenixproductsandseewhat

thebuzzisallabout."

"TechDynamicaimstoprovidethebestqualityandvalueto

itscustomers,"saysElizabethHong,TechDynamicBusiness

DevelopmentManager."We'reproudtointroduceBitFenix's

welldesignedproductstothelocalcommunity."

BitFenixproductsinSingaporewillinitiallybeavailablefrom

thesequalityretailers:

1)TradepacPteLtd

1RochorCanalRoad#05-18

SimLimSquare

Singapore188504

Tel:63373376Fax:63373374

sales@tradepac.com.sg

www.tradepac.com.sg

2)BellSystems

1RochorCanalRoad#05-68

SimLimSquare

Singapore188504

Tel:63393925Fax:63363987

sales@bellsystems.com.sg

www.bellsystems.com.sg

3)PcThemesTechnologyPteLtd

1RochorCanalRoad#04-19

SimLimSquare

Singapore188504

Tel:63398339Fax:63399540

pcthemes@yahoo.com.sg

4)Cashtronic

1RochorCanalRoad#06-73

SimLimSquare

Singapore188504

Tel:63339578

5)BestBargainComputers

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1RochorCanalRoad#05-02

SimLimSquare

Singapore188504

Tel:63349143

info@best-bargain-computers.com

https://www.best-bargain-computers.com/

FormoreinformationonTechDynamic,visittheirwebsite:

http://tech-dynamic.com.

Formoreinformation

www.bitfenix.com.

Whatthecompanydidtalkaboutwasalittlebitaboutthe

futureofitsCPUs,althoughasyoucansee,theroadmapsare

hardlywhatyou'dcalldetailed.AMDmentioneditsPiledriver

on

BitFenix,

go

to:

http://

corewhichshouldarrivenextyear,firstinTrinitywhich

replacesLlanoandlateroninitsnextgenerationdesktopCPU.

WeshouldpointoutthatAMDisnotplanninganyfuture

mobileCPUs,onlyAPUs,althoughthisishardlysurprising.

AMDisexpectingabout10percentperformanceboostoverall

fromthePiledrivercore,althoughthisisseeminglyjustan

estimationasthispointintime.

AMDwasalsokeentopointoutthatitsworkinghardto

promoteopenstandards,specificallyOpenCLinthiscase

asthecompanybelievesitoffersthebestcross-platform

compatibility,scalabilityandofcoursetheabilitytotake

advantageoftheGPUforcomputationaltasks.Tothat

extentAMDhaslaunchedacoupleofOpenCLprograming

handbooksontopofgoingaroundandpromotingOpenCL

toitspartners.AMDwasmentioningafewproductsin

itspresentationsuchasAdobeFlashPlayer11,Microsoft

Silverlight5,variousDVD/Blu-rayplaybackapplicationsand

somevideoeditingapplicationsofwhichthemostwell-known

oneisSonyVegasPro.

AMDTFE2011report

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-tfe-2011-report/13697.html

October12th,2011

YesterdayweattendedAMD'sTechnicalForumand

Exhibition,orTFEasit'ssimplycalledandthiswasthe

7thtimeAMDheldtheeventinTaipei.AlthoughAMDdidn't'

talktoomuchaboutitsfutureproducts,therewereacoupleof

glimpsesofnewtechnologyandtherewasalsoanNDApress

briefingfortheupcomingFX-processorsfromAMD,butsadly

wecan'ttellyouaboutit,yet.

YesterdayweattendedAMD'sTechnicalForumand

Exhibition,orTFEasit'ssimplycalledandthiswasthe

7thtimeAMDheldtheeventinTaipei.AlthoughAMDdidn't'

talktoomuchaboutitsfutureproducts,therewereacoupleof

glimpsesofnewtechnologyandtherewasalsoanNDApress

briefingfortheupcomingFX-processorsfromAMD,butsadly

wecan'ttellyouaboutit,yet.

Atlastyear'sTFEAMDhadinvitedmediafromalloverthe

worldforapressbriefingonitsthenupcoming6000-series

ofGPUs,butthisyearitwasafairlylowkeyeventforthe

mediawithonlyselectmediafromafewAsiancountriesbeing

onlocation.Thatsaid,theeventisn'tintendedforthemedia,

butratherforAMD'spartnersandwesawrepresentativesfor

bothnotebook,motherboardandgraphicscardmanufacturers

attheshow.Theafternoonconsistedofvariouspresentations

frombothAMDandsomeofitscomponentspartnersrelating

tohowtomakebettercomponentsorsystemsbasedonAMD

technology.

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AMDalsotalkedaboutgraphicsandshowedoffoneofits

28nmmobileRadeonHD7000chipsandtheyalsohada

livedemoofitplayingDragonAge2,althoughtherewasno

mentionofwhichspecificmodelitwas,orthespecifications

ofthetestsystembutthegameplayedandlookedasyou'd

expectitto.Apologiesforthelackofaclose-upofthechip,

butitwasn'tshownforverylong.AMDdidalsoshowablock

diagramofthecomputeunitofthe7000-seriesGPUs,which

wedidsnapashotof.AMDreconsit'llbefirstwith28nm

GPU's,butasNividiahasasyettoannounceanythingwith

regardstoits28nm,we'lljusthavetowaitandseewho'llbe

first.

AMDwasalsokeentopointoutthatitsPowerTunetechnology

allowsitsgraphicscardtoautomagicallyoverclockwhile

stayingwithinthepowerandthermalenvelopethecardshave

beendesignedfor,althoughifanapplicationorbenchmarkis

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Lastbutnotleastwealsohaveacoupleofvideosfrom

theevent,thefirstoneshowsAMD'snewfivescreenwide

Eyefinitysetupwhichisapparentlyabletodisplay10million

pixelsifyouhavetherightresolutiondisplays.Thesecond

videoshowsMSI'sAMDpoweredtabletrunningtheWindows

8previewcodeandAMDisofcoursetalkingaboutthebenefits

ofFusionhereandhowtheGPUcanhelpmakeforasmoother

experience.

That'sallfornow,butwewillhavesomemoredetailsabout

theupcomingFX-processorsnextweek,socheckbackwithus

thenforsomethoughtsfromAMDaboutitsnewplatform.

HTClaunchesSensationXE

withBeatsAudio,Rhymeand

Radar

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-launches-sensation-xe-with-beats-

audio-rhyme-and-radar/13693.html

October12th,2011

HTChadaregionaleventthisafternoontolaunchtheir

HTCSensationXEwithBeatsAudio,HTCRhymeandHTC

Radar,whichwasshowcasedatlastweek'sWindowsPhone7.5

(Mango)event.Ontopofthat,thecompanyalsoshowcased

theHTCExplorer,thoughthephonewouldonlybeavailable

inselectedcountriesinAsia.

HTC Sensation XE

runontheGPUthatdrawsalotofpowerandassuchcreates

additionalhead,theGPUwillthrottlebacktopreventitscards

fromfailing.

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HTCacquiredamajoritystakeinBeatsAudiobyDr.Dre,

andtoday,thecompanyunveiledtheirnewsmartphonewith

theBeatsAudiotechnologythatclaimstodeliverstudio

qualitysound.TheHTCSensationXEisequippedwitha1.5

GHzdual-coreprocessor,4GBinternalmemoryand1730mAh

lithium-ionbattery,and4.3-inchtouchscreenwith540x960

qHDresolution.YoucanalsopluginyourcustommadeBeats

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TheHTCRhymehasanelegantexteriordesign,claimstooffer

arefreshedHTCSenseexperienceandcomeswitharange

ofintegratedaccessoriessuchasthedockingstation,light?

emittingcube,sportsarmband,headphones,headsetand

carspeaker.Whendocked,thedockingstationrechargesthe

phonebatterywhileturningthephoneintoanalarmclockand

musiccenter.

headsettoenjoysuperbaudioexperience.

TheHTCRhymedocksseamlesslyviathethreeround

Attherearisan8-megapixelcolourcamerawithautofocus

anddualLEDflash.Itcanalsocapturevideoinfullhigh

definition1080p.TheHTCSensationXEwithBeatsAudiowill

beavailableatallmobileoperatorsandauthorizedretailersat

asuggestedretailpriceofS$868byendQ42011.

HTC Rhyme

connectorsbelowthe5-megapixelrearcamera.Thephone

featuresa3.7-inchWVGAsuperLCDdisplay,1GHz

processor,andweighsjust130g.TheHTCRhymewillcome

bundledwiththedockingstation,tangle-freeheadphones

andHTCRhymeCharm,andwillbeavailableatallmobile

operatorsandauthorizedretailersatasuggestedretailpriceof

S$699byendQ42011inclearwatercolour.

HTC Explorer

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YoumusthavereadaboutthedeathofSteveJobs,aged56by

now,whichwereportedonearliertoday.Astatementfrom

hisfamilysaidthatJobspassedawaypeacefullysurrounded

byhisfamily.YoucanalsoreadAppleCEOTimCook'semail

toApplyemployeesonthenewsofSteveJobs'demisehere.As

expected,reactionsaroundtheworldhavebeenswift,topped

withapalpablesenseoflossfromfriendsandcompetitors

alike.PublicfiguresandluminariessuchasObama,Gates,

ZuckerberghavereactedtoJobs'passingaway,aswiththose

inthecreativeindustryintheformofDisneyandPixarexecs.

TheHTCExplorerhasaslower600MHzprocessorcompared

totheHTCRhymeandHTCSensationXE,thoughitdidn't

reallyfeeltooslowwhenwebrowsedthehomepages

andnavigatethemenu.Itisalsosmaller,witha3.2-inch

touchscreen(320x480HVGA),andcomeswithBluetooth3.0,

Wi-Fi802.11b/g/nandinternalGPSantenna.

Attherearisthe3-megapixelcamerawithfixedfocusing.

Thereisn'tLEDflashwhichmeansyouwouldprobably

notwanttotakepicturesindim-litenvironment.TheHTC

ExplorerisavailableinselectedcountriesinAsia,and

apparently,notavailableinSingaporethough.

Whattheworldhastosay

aboutSteveJobs

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/what-the-world-has-to-say-about-

steve-jobs/13692.html

October12th,2011

YoumusthavereadaboutthedeathofSteveJobs,aged56by

now,whichwereportedonearliertoday.Astatement from

his familysaidthatJobspassedawaypeacefullysurrounded

byhisfamily.YoucanalsoreadAppleCEOTimCook'semail

toApplyemployeesonthenewsofSteveJobs'demisehere.

Asexpected,reactionsaroundtheworldhavebeenswift,

toppedwithapalpablesenseoflossfromfriendsand

competitorsalike.Publicfiguresandluminariessuch

asObama, Gates, Zuckerberg have reacted to Jobs' passing

away,aswiththoseinthecreativeindustryintheform

ofDisney and Pixar execs.

Muchremainsunknownabouttheeventsleadingtohisdeath,

givenJobs'strongpenchantforprivacyforhimselfandhis

family.However,reportsfilteringinindicatedthatthelikely

cause of death as pancreatic cancer,whichishardlysurprising

givenJobs'longbattlewithpancreaticcancer,subsequent

surgeryandeventuallivertransplant.Onthatfront,at

leastonereporthasquestionedwhether Job's unorthodox

treatment for his pancreatic cancer actually shortened his life

-thoughthatissurelyamootissueatthisstage.

Andinthefinesttraditionoftherivetingreal-timecoverage

popularizedbyApple'slegendaryproductlaunches,atleast

onepublicationhasputtogetheralive blogofthemedia

coveragesurroundingJobs'death.Forsure,themanwillbe

dearlymissedbyfamily,friends,colleagues-andmillionsof

fansaroundtheglobe.

Fornow,I'vescourgedtheNetforsomeofthetopstoriesabout

themanandhisachievements.

•Anin-deptharticlebyBusinessWeekaboutJobsand

hislifeworkinbuildingthemostvaluabletechnology

company[Link]

•AnanalysisbytheLATimesofhowSteveJobs'genius

paidoffmassivelyforApplestockholders[Link]

•Aninspiringandthought-provokinglistofSteveJobs'

BestQuotes,compiledbytheWallStreetJournal[Link]

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•MorequotesfromSteveJobs,aswellascircumstances

behindthembyEngadget[Link]

•Atimelineofsomekeydatesfromtheman'slifeandwork

[Link]

•Atouching,personalaccountbyMossbergontheSteve

Jobsheknew[Link]

•GoogleCEOLarryPageonSteveJobs[Link]

•AlistofSteveJobs'greatesttechcontributions[Link]

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1997tooverseethecreationofoneinnovativedigitaldevice

afteranother—theiPod,theiPhoneandtheiPad-and

ledtheculturaltransformationofhowmusic,moviesand

mobilecommunicationsshouldbeexperiencedinthistime

andage.In2007,Jobswasnamedthemostpowerfulperson

inbusinessbyFortuneMagazine,andlaternamedtheCEOof

thedecadebyFortuneMagazinein2009.InSeptember2011,

JobswasrankedNo.17onForbes:TheWorld'sMostPowerful

People.

RestinpeaceSteve,you'llbedearlymissed.

Appleco-founderSteveJobs

passedaway,aged56

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-co-founder-steve-jobs-passed-

away-aged-56/13691.html

October12th,2011

ThetechnologyworldwokeuptosadnewsthatAppleco-

founder,ex-CEO,SteveJobshaspassedaway.Hewasaged56.

Jobshashadalongbattlewithpancreaticcancer,andstepped

downasCEOinAugustthisyear.Anditwasonlyyesterday,

thecompanylaunchedtheirnewiPhone4S.

ItisasaddayforthetechnologyworldasApple'svisionaryand

co-founderSteveJobshasdiedonWednesday,aged56.The

deathwasannouncedbythecompanywhichJobsandhishigh

schoolfriendStephenWozniakstartedin1976.

Jobshashadalongbattlewithpancreaticcancerand

underwentsurgeryin2004.Healsoreceivedalivertransplant

in2009andhadtakenthreemedicalleavesofabsenceas

Apple'schiefexecutiveofficer.JobssteppeddowninAugust

thisyear,thoughhetookoveraselectedchairmanposition

intheboardofdirectors,andstillinvolvedinthecompany's

affairs.

EightyearsafterfoundingApple,Jobshasledtheteam

thatdesignedtheMacintoshcomputer,abreakthroughin

makingpersonalcomputerseasiertouse.Aftera12-year

separationfromthecompany,promptedbyabitterfalling-

outwithhischiefexecutive,JohnSculley,hereturnedin

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VR-Zone.com|StufffortheGeeks!

andVRmodules,whilethecompanyclaimsthatthiscooleris

virtuallysilent.

Lenovobecomessecond

largestPCmaker,Asusenters

fifthplace

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-becomes-second-largest-pc-

maker-asus-enters-fifth-place/13755.html

October17th,2011

VR-Zone|StufffortheGeeksisabi-weeklypublication

coveringthelatestgadgetsandstuffforthegeeks.

ArcticCoolingannouncesthe

AcceleroMonoPLUS,anew

VGAcooler

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/arctic-cooling-announces-the-accelero-

mono-plus-a-new-vga-cooler/13756.html

October17th,2011

DespitealltheconcernsaboutthePCindustryandthegeneral

downturnoncemoreintheeconomy,itlookslikethePC

industryisgoingstrong,well,atleastmostlyso.Accordingto

thelatestdatafromGartnerandIDC,thePCindustrygrewby

between3.2and3.6percentinthethirdquarterthisyearand

althoughthisisn'tmuch,wereallyneedtotakeacloserlookat

thenumberstoseewhat'sgoingon.

DespitealltheconcernsaboutthePCindustryandthegeneral

downturnoncemoreintheeconomy,itlookslikethePC

industryisgoingstrong,well,atleastmostlyso.Accordingto

thelatestdatafromGartnerandIDC,thePCindustrygrewby

between3.2and3.6percentinthethirdquarterthisyearand

althoughthisisn'tmuch,wereallyneedtotakeacloserlookat

thenumberstoseewhat'sgoingon.

ThebigchangesintheindustryinvolvesLenovotakingover

Dell'snumbertwospotandAsusmovingupintothetopfive

PCmakers,oustingToshiba.AssuchHPremainsatthetop

spot,withDellinthirdfollowedbyAcerinfourth.Butthe

importantthinghereistolookatthegrownbetweenthethird

quarterofthisyearandlastyear.

HereweseeHPwitha5.3percentgrowth,slightlybetterthan

theaverage,whereasLenovohasamassivegrowthof36.1

percentwithAsuscloselybehindwitha30.2percentgrowth.

However,Delldeclinedby1.6percentandinthecaseofAcer,

weseeamassivedropof20.6percent.Thisisbadnewsfor

Dell,butjudgingbyallofAcersproblemthisyear,itwasn't

unexpectedthatthecompanywouldbelosingmarketshare,

butover20percentdropisdisastrous.

Intermsofactualmarketshare,HPholds18.1percentofthe

market,upfrom17.8percent,Lenovo13.7percent,upfrom

10.4percent,Dell12percent,downfrom12.6percent,Acer

10percent,downfrom13.1percentandAsus6.5percent,up

1

AfewweeksagoArcticCooling,thewellknownmanufacturer

fromSwitzerland,releasedtwonewVGAcoolers;thepowerful

AcceleroTwinTurbo6990andthepassiveAcceleroS1PLUS.

TodaythecompanyannouncedyetanotherVGAcooler,the

AcceleroMonoPlus.

ArcticcoolingdesignedtheAcceleroMonoPluswithaunique

mountingplatedesign,meaningthatthecoolerisdesigned

formaximumcompatibilityoverawiderangeofgraphic

cards.The120mmPWMcontrolledfancombinedwiththe5

heatpipesgiveanamplecoolingcapacityofupto200W.The

designofthecooleralsoimprovesthecoolingoftheRAM

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from5.2percent.Assuchthere'sstillabiggapbetweenAcer

andAsusandweexpectthatToshibaisn'ttoofarbehindAsus,

althoughonlytopfivenumberswereprovided.

InthecaseofAsus,mostofitssaleswould'vebeennotebook

related,asalthoughAsussellreadybuiltPC'sinsomeregions,

thecompanyisatinyplayerinthedesktopPCmarket.This

alsotellsusthatAsus'notebooksarenowmorepopular

thanthosefromToshibawhichmustbeabigblowforthe

Japanesecompanywhichusedtobeoneofthetopnotebook

manufacturersintheworld.Lenovohasmostlikelygained

alotofmarketsharethankstoitsmoreaffordableIdeapad

lineofnotebooksandlower-costdevicesintheChinese

market,althoughitsThinkpadseriesisstillplentypopular

withcorporateusers.HPhashaditsfairshareoftroublesthis

yeartoo,butstillmanagedtodobetterthanDellwhichhasn't

launchedthemostinspiringproductsthisyear,eventhough

thecompanyhasmadealotofnoiseaboutitsnewproducts

thatendedupdisappointingintheend.

IvyBridgetohave77Wmax

TDP,backwardsandforwards

compatibilityexplained

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/ivy-bridge-to-have-77w-max-tdp-

backwards-and-forwards-compatibility-explained/13754.html

October17th,2011

AfairfewnewdetailsofIntel'supcomingIvyBridgeCPUs

andaccompanyingplatformshaveappearedoveronaChinese

forumandalthoughwe'dtakethiswithapinchofsalt,the

roadmapsdolookliketherealdeal.Ifproventobecorrect,

thenwe'relookingatapeakTDPof77Wforthehigh-end

models,downfromthecurrent95WforSandyBridge.

AfairfewnewdetailsofIntel'supcomingIvyBridgeCPUs

andaccompanyingplatformshaveappearedoveronaChinese

forumandalthoughwe'dtakethiswithapinchofsalt,the

roadmapsdolookliketherealdeal.Ifproventobecorrect,

thenwe'relookingatapeakTDPof77Wforthehigh-end

models,downfromthecurrent95WforSandyBridge.

Ifyouhavealookatthepicturebelow,you'llseearather

complexdiagramofwhatwecanexpectlateQ1/earlyQ2next

year.Onthefarleftandtopyou'llfindIntel'sinternalmarket

segmentationsandasalwaystheinterestingstuffishappening

towardsthetop.TherewillbeunlockedKSKU'sjustlikethere

arewithSandyBridgeandthisinitselfisn'tabigsurprise,but

Intel'sshrinkto22nmalongsidewithitsnew"3Dtransistors"

isobviouslyhelpingthecompanypushdownitsTDP'squite

significantly,asallthehigh-endIvyBridgeCPUstopoutat

77WTDP.

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Movingdownastepwefindquadcore65WSSKU'sand

45WTSKU'sjustlikewhat'savailableforSandyBridge,as

wellasa35WdualcoreSKU.Assuch,thelowpowerparts

haven'tbecomethatmuchmorepowerefficient,atlastnot

untilyoumovedowntotheCorei3'swhicharenowall55W

or35WinthecaseoftheTSKU.Interestingly,whenwemove

furtherdownthefoodchainsotospeak,there'sonlyasingle

standardWattagePentiumIvyBridgeSKUandone“power

optimized”SKUtostartwithanditgainsDDR31600MHz

memorysupport,alongwiththerestoftheIvyBridgechips.

TheremainderofIntel'sPentiumandallofitsCeleronchips

willapparentlyremainasSandyBridgebasedCPUsuntil

sometimein2013,atleastaccordingtotheslide.

AsforactualCPUSKU's,well,itseemslikemostthingswill

staymuchthesameastheyaretoday,althoughwiththefirst

digitinthemodelnamesbeinga3insteadofa2,exceptforthe

PentiumsandCeleronsthatareexpectedtogetafourthdigit

infrontwhichwillbea2.Assuchwe'llhavetheCorei737xx,

Corei535xx,34xxand33xx,Corei331xxandfinallyPentium

G2xxxfornow.

Asforbackwardsandforwardscompatibility,well,thingsare

alittlebitcomplicated.AllSandyBridgeCPU'sareaccording

toIntel,guaranteedtoworkonallthenew7-serieschipsets,

soifyouwantanewmotherboardforyouroldCPU,thenyou

don'tneedtoworry.However,ifyouwanttouseacurrent

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motherboardwithanIvyBridgeCPU,thenthingsgetalittle

trickier.Forstarters,theQ67,Q65andB65chipsetswillnot

supportIvyBridgeandifwe'recorrect,thishastodowithlack

offirmwarespace.Thismightonceagainonlybelimitedto

Intel'smotherboardsthough,asthecompanydidn'tputlarge

enoughflashchipsonitsmotherboards.

AsfortheZ68,P67,H67andH61chipsets,they'reall

compatible,intheory.Aswementionedbefore,thisrequires

aUEFIupdateandinthiscasetheremustbeenoughspace

availabletoflashIntel'sME8L(LforLegacy)UEFIcodeto

themotherboards.Aswe'vepointedoutin the past,thismight

notbeastraightflashduetovariousreasonssofaronly

knowntoIntelanditspartners.Onlytimewilltellwhatwill

bepossibleandwhatwon'tbe,butthisisclearlyahurdlethat

themotherboardmanufacturersaregoingtohavetodealwith

beforetheycanguaranteeIvyBridgesupportfortheirSandy

6-seriesmotherboards,especiallyasIntelwon'thaveitsME8

UEFIcodereadyuntilearlynextyear.Accordingtoroadmaps

we'veseen,Intelitselfwon'thaveitsME8UEFIupdatesready

forthe6-seriesmotherboardsuntilsometimeafterthelaunch

ofIvyBridge.

GoogleshuttingdownBuzzto

focusonGoogle+

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-shutting-down-buzz-to-focus-

on-google-/13753.html

October17th,2011

GoogleplanstoshutdownitsGoogleBuzzserviceandthe

BuzzAPIwithinthespanof"afewweeks."Theannouncement

wasmadebyBradleyHorowitz,VPofProductatGoogleina

blogpostontheofficialGoogleblog.Titled"Afallsweep,"

Horowitzalsoannouncedtheimpendingclosureofvarious

GoogleproductssuchasJaiku,CodeSearchandGoogleLabs,

aswellasthesocialnetworkingfeaturesonitsiGooglesite.

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ThemoveispartofacontinuingeffortbyGoogleCEO

LarryPagetostreamlinethecompany'sbusinessbykilling

underperformingproducts.Pagehadseparatelyrevealedthat

Google+haspassedthe40millionusermarkthedaybefore

aspartofthecompany'sreleaseofitsthirdquarterfinancial

results.Takentogether,itisclearthatGoogleisintenton

maintainingthemomentumbehindGoogle+.

UserswillnolongerbeabletocreatenewpostsonceBuzz

shutsdown,thoughtheycanviewtheirexistingpostsfrom

theirGoogleProfilesinfuture,saysHorowitz.Theycanalsobe

downloadedtoalocalcomputerusingGoogleTakeout.

OnhisGoogle+ account,Horowitzelaboratedmoreonthe

decisiontoretireBuzzinapostadaylater.Hewrote:"We

thinkthetimehascomeforustofocusourenergyonprojects

thatwillhavethemostimpacttothemostusers.Withthe

majorityofBuzzusersnowhereonGoogle+,itbecameobvious

thatallofourattentionshouldbefocusedonthiscommunity."

DismissingthenotionthatBuzzwasawasteoftime,Horowitz

creditedtheservicewithteachingGoogletheimportanceof

privacy,therealizationofwhichledtheteamtodesignprivacy

in"fromtheverybeginning."Inacandidreferencetothefuror

overprivacywhenGoogleBuzzwasfirstlaunchedinFebruary

2010,hewrote:"Welearnedprivacyisnotafeature...itis

foundationaltotheproduct."

Asaresult,thedecisionwasmadetostartslowlywithGoogle

+inordertoobtainreal-worldfeedbackthatwasusedto

tweakGoogle+.Horowitzsaysthefeedbackhelpedcreate

whatGoogle+istoday.

However,oneaspectoftheBuzzclosurenotaddressedby

Horowitzappearstobetheagerestriction(18+)thatis

currentlyimposedbyGoogle+.Asvoicedbysomeconcerned

readers,existingGoogleBuzzusersagedbelow18maywellbe

forcedtocrossoutGooglefromtheirlistofsocialnetworking

optionsifthisisnotchanged.

CMStormQuickFireRapid

(CherryMXRed)Mechanical

KeyboardReview

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/cm-storm-quick-fire-rapid-cherry-mx-

red-mechanical-keyboard-review/13752.html

October17th,2011

BuiltwithCherryMXRedswitches,theCMStormQuickFire

RapidisCoolerMaster'sfirstforayintogamingkeyboards.

Featuringa"tenkeyless"design,weseeifitisaworthymobile

companiontobringalongforcompetitiveLANsessionsand

forgeneraluse.

ThePackage

FrontofBox

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BackofBox

ExtraKeycaps,KeycappullerandPS/2toUSBConvertor

TheKeyboard

UserGuide

ResearchinMotionoffers

premiumappsforfree

followingservicedisruptions

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/research-in-motion-offers-premium-

apps-for-free-following-service-disruptions/13750.html

October17th,2011

ResearchinMotionhasannouncedthatitisofferingpremium

appsworthmorethanUS$100forfree,forBlackBerryowners,

followingtherecentservicedisruptions.TheBlacKBerryapps

4

against

RemovableBraided(offerssomeprotection

breakages)GoldPlatedUSBtoMicro-USBCable

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willbemadeavailabletocustomersoverthecomingweekson

BlackBerryAppWorld,until31December2011.

Today,ResearchinMotionhasannouncedthatitisoffering

aselectionofpremiumappsworthmorethanUS$100will

beofferedfreeofchargetosubscribersasagestureof

appreciationfortheirpatienceduringtherecentservice

disruptions.Theappswillbemadeavailabletocustomersover

thecomingweeksonBlackBerryAppWorlduntil31December

2011.

Thecompleteselectionofpremiumappswillbecomeavailable

todownloadatBlackBerryAppWorldfromWednesday,19

October,overaperiodoffourweeks.Theselectionsoverthis

periodwillincludethefollowing(withmoretocome):

-SIMS3-ElectronicArts

-Bejeweled-ElectronicArts

-N.O.V.A.-Gameloft

-TexasHold’emPoker2-Gameloft

-BubbleBash2-Gameloft

-PhotoEditorUltimate-IceColdApps

-DriveSafe.lyPro-iSpeech.org

-iSpeechTranslatorPro-iSpeech.org

-DriveSafe.lyEnterprise-iSpeech.org

-NobexRadioPremium-Nobex

-ShazamEncore-Shazam

-VlingoPlus:VirtualAssistant-Vlingo

RIM’senterprisecustomerswillalsobeofferedonemonth

offreeTechnicalSupport.Currentcustomerswillbeoffered

acomplimentaryonemonthextensionoftheirexisting

TechnicalSupportcontract,andcustomerswhodonot

currentlyhaveaTechnicalSupportcontractwillbeoffered

aonemonthtrialofRIM’sBlackBerryTechnicalSupport

Services-EnhancedSupport,freeofcharge.Additionaldetails

abouttheprogramandinformationabouthowtoregisterwill

beavailableatwww.blackberry.com/enterpriseoffer.

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Majorityofmalwareattacks

preventable,saysMicrosoft

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/majority-of-malware-attacks-

preventable-says-microsoft/13749.html

October17th,2011

AnewreportfromMicrosofthasconcludedthatthemajority

ofhackingattacksreliesonexploitingknownsecurityflaws

andishencepreventable.Thesix-month-longresearch

wasconductedbytheTrustworthyComputinggroupat

Microsoft,culminatinginVolume11oftheMicrosoftSecurity

IntelligenceReportthatwaspresentedattheRSAConference

Europe2011.

Givenhowmalwareinfectionsthatexploitzero-day

vulnerabilitiestendtogettopbillinginnewsheadlines,it

isinevitablethattheaverageuserwouldconsiderthemas

thetopprobleminITsecurity.Zero-dayvulnerabilitiesare

undiscoveredflawsincomputersoftwarethatareexploitedby

hackersandauthorsofmalwaretobreakintoorgaincontrol

ofcomputersystems.Theyaredifficulttodefendagainstdue

totheirnovelnature,whichmayresultinnoviceusersto

experiencingasenseofhelplessness.

Withlessthan1percentofexploitsdiscoveredinthefirstsix

monthsof2011beingattributedtozero-dayvulnerabilities,

thereportpassestheonusbacktoend-userstokeeptheir

personalPCsprotected.Andwhilethereportmentions

Microsoft'sownMicrosoft Security Essentialsantimalware

tool,theimplicitwarningisthatantimalwaredefensesalone

areaninsufficientsubstituteforkeepingone'sPCup-to-date

onsecuritypatchesandsoftwareupdates.

Togetafeelofhowtoprioritizeintermsofthesoftware

patchestoinstall,belowisashortlistthatsummarizessome

ofthemostprevalentmalwarevectorshighlightedbythe

Microsoftreport:

•Operatingsystemvulnerabilities

•Javaruntimeenvironments

•AdobeFlash

•Documentparser(PDF,MicrosoftOfficefileformats)

•HTML/JavaScript(Browser)

Aquickglancethroughthelistmakesitclearthatusersmay

wanttostopignoringtheprompttoupdatetheirJavaruntime

ordisableWindowsUpdate.Moreover,itmayalsobewise

toperiodicallycheckthattheauto-updatemechanisminyour

favoriteWebbrowsertovalidatethatupdatesareworking

properly.

Finally,itmaybeworthnotingthatsocialengineering

techniquesalsoplaysabigpartintotrickingusersinto

doingsomethingdangerous,whichisprobablywheresecurity

softwareplaysaparttomitigatesomeoftherisk.

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Source:Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, Volume

11(pdf)

ASUSZENBOOKUX31Review

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-zenbook-ux31-review/13738.html

October17th,2011

Thesuccessofthethin,ultraportableAppleMacBookAirhas

indirectlypromptedInteltoenvisionhownotebookcomputer

ofthefutureshouldbelike.Andthatnotebookcomputeris

thenewUltrabookwhichwasrecentlylaunchedbyvarious

manufacturers.

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4.Appleintroducedtheirfirst-generationMacBookAirwhich

usesULVprocessor,anditcompletelyovertooktheCULV

notebooksinthemarket.

FromthefirsttosecondgenerationAppleMacBookAir,the

variousnotebookmanufacturersdidnotfeelanypressure.

Butwiththethirdgeneration,somethinghastobedoneor

elsenothingcouldchangehowAppledefinethetrendof

consumers'spendinghabit.ASUSUSeries,fromU1andU2,

hasstunnedandimpressedeveryonewiththeirdesign,butnot

thelattermodels.However,thenewZENBOOKhasreliventhe

U-series,morethantheU1andU2era.

TherearefourASUSUltrabookmodelsinTaiwan,which

arelistedbelow.OurreviewunitistheUX31E-061A2557M

whichincorporatesIntelCorei5-2557Mprocessor,4GBDDR3

memory,andSandForceSATA6GbpsSSDthatusesSF-2281

controller.

UX21E-021A2467MUX21E-061A2677MUX31E-061A2557MUX31E-081A2677M

CPU

CORE

i5-2467M

(1.6GHz)

COREi7

–2677M

(1.8GHz)

CORE

i5-2557M

(1.7GHz)

COREi7

–2677M

(1.8GHz)

Memory4GBDDR34GBDDR34GBDDR34GBDDR3

1333(4

GB)

Storage128GB

SATAIII

SSD

Display11.6-inch

WXGA

1333(4

GB)

256SATA

IIISSD

11.6-inch

WXGA

1333(4

GB)

128GB

SATAIII

SSD

13.1-inch

WXGA

1333(4

GB)

256GB

SATAIII

SSD

13.1-inch

WXGA

LEDbacklitLEDbacklitLEDbacklitLED

(1366×

768)

(1366×

768)

(1600×

900)

backlit?

1600×

900)

ChipsetIntelGMAIntelGMAIntelGMAIntelGMA

3000HD

3000HD

3000HD

3000HD

AudioBang&OlufsenBang&OlufsenBang&OlufsenBang&Olufsen

ICEpowerICEpowerICEpowerICEpower

NetworkWi-FiWi-FiWi-FiWi-Fi

b/g/n,b/g/n,b/g/n,b/g/n,

BluetoothBluetoothBluetoothBluetooth

3.0+HS,3.0+HS,3.0+HS,3.0+HS,

EthernetEthernetEthernetEthernet

GigabitGigabitGigabitGigabit

I/Omicromicromicromicro

HDMI,HDMI,HDMI,HDMI,

mini-VGA,mini-VGA,mini-VGA,mini-VGA,

audio,USBaudio,USBaudio,USBaudio,USB

2.0,USB2.0,USB2.0,USB2.0,USB

Theterm"Ultrabook"firstcameaboutatCOMPUTEX2011,

andASUSwastheretoshowcasetheirUX21andUX31

machines-whichusethepower-efficientsecond-generation

IntelCoreprocessors,havelong-lastinglife,andareeasyto

carry.IntelhadalsoheldapressconferenceinTaiwan,and

announcedthatitwillinvestuptoUS$300millioninresearch

anddevelopmentfortheUltrabookproductline.Fromthis,

onecantellthateventhechipgiantfeltasenseofthreatfrom

Apple.

Lookingback,Intelwaspushingfortheenergy-efficient

ConsumerUltra-LowVoltage(CULV)processor.Butwhydid

itfail?

3.0

3.0

3.0,SD3.0,SD

cardreadercardreader

1.Intelforcedmanufacturerstotakeintheirchipsorelseit

would"affect"thefuturesupplyofchipsets.willaffectthe

subsequentsupplychipsetsandprocessors.

2.ThenotebookPCsfromvariousmanufacturersthat

incorporatetheCULVprocessor,theweightandthickness

simplycan'tmatchthatoftheUltrabook.

OSWindows7Windows7Windows7Windows7

Battery6cell,7hr6cell,7hr6cell,7hr6cell,7hr

Dimensionfront-front-front-front-

3mm,3mm,rear3mm,rear3mm,rear

rear--9mm,

9mm,1.1kg1.1kg

-9mm,

1.3kg

-9mm,

1.3kg

3.Theperformanceisunabletofulfiltherequirementofmost

consumers.

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UX21E-021A2467MUX21E-061A2677MUX31E-061A2557MUX31E-081A2677MhigherclocksatthesameTDP,ormaybeenablingallthe

corestooatasimilarspeed.Intel'straditionforbothNehalem

andWestmerewasthat,aquarterortwoaftertheinitial

stepping,thenextonewouldbringsubstantialimprovements

infrequency,orpower,orboth-usuallyoneortwospeed

bumpswithinthesameenvelope.Thatwasenoughthen,

there'snoreasontodoubtitwillbethesamethistime.

chiclet-

chiclet-

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Others

SRP

style

style

style

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keyboard,

keyboard,

keyboard,

keyboard,

multitouchmultitouchmultitouchmultitouch

touchpad

touchpad

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NT$

NT$

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39,900

49,900

41,900

51,900

RRP

NT$

34,500~

35,000

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44,500~

45,000

NT$

37,500~

38,000

NT$

46,500~

47,000

Else,we'dhavetowaitfortheIvyBridge-Egeneration,stilla

yearaway...

NokiaN9,nowavailablein

Singapore

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-n9-now-available-in-

singapore/13745.html

October17th,2011

WhytheinitialdesktopSandy

Bridge-Echipshasonlysix(of

eight)coresenabled?

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/why-the-initial-desktop-sandy-bridge-

e-chips-has-only-six-of-eight-cores-enabled-/13748.html

October17th,2011

TheMeeGoplatformwasjointlyannouncedbyNokiaandIntel

lastyear,butthefirstMeeGodeviceonlycametomarket

recently.TheNokiaN9sportsasleekdesign,easeofuseand

uniqueswipetechnologythatletsyounavigatebetweenapps

conveniently.

TheNokiaN9hasastunningdesign,curvedglassdisplayand

scratchresistantscreen,andlatestsmartphonetechnology

thatmakeitlooksgoodandeasytouse.Manufacturedfrom

asinglepieceofpolycarbonate,theNokiaN9comesinblack,

cyanandmagentawithstorageoptionsof16GBand64GB.

ItcanpairwithaccessoriessuchastheNokiaPlay360°

speakersusingNFCtechnology,andclaimstobetheworld’s

firstsmartphonewithDolbyDigitalPlusdecodingandDolby

Headphonepost-processingtechnologyforsuperbsurround

soundexperience.

WeallknowtheSandyBridgeEdiehasatotalof8coresand

20MBL3cache,inadditiontodualQPIlinksandquadDDR3

memorychannels.SincetheXeonE5workstationandserver

partswillhaveallofthem,whyarethedesktoponesleftwith

onlysixcoresand15MBL3cache?LookattheTDP(thermal

designpower)forananswer...

Therewasdisappointmentinsomeoftheenthusiasts'circles

thattheinitialroundofdesktopSocket2011SandyBridgeE

processorshaveonequarteroftheircoresandcachedisabled.

So,insteadof8coreswith20MBL3cache,yougetjust6cores

with15MBL3enabled.Thereasonsmentioned,bettertosay

speculated,alongtheway,wereanythingfromtheyieldson

thislargedie,orIntel'spreferencetosellfull8coreversions

tothemorelucrativeworkstationandserverXeonmarket,or

eventhefactthatdesktopappsorenvironmentscanstillbarely

useeventhose6cores,nottomentionafullsetofeight.

There'sanotherreason,thatmaytopthemallthough-TDP.

Yes,thesearereallybigdies,withmanycoresandlotsofcache

-notasmanyastheXeonE7-Westmere-EX-seriesinthe

same32nmprocess,butE7's10coresand30MBcachetop

outat2.4GHzonly.Here,wehaveanexpectationthatthefull

8corechipshouldstillworkatjustabove3GHzrightatthe

announcement-atleastinthe'3-Dworkstationsonly'150W

version.Seethenumber?Now,well,desktopsdon'treallygo

withmorethan130WTDPpersocketthesedays,yettheper

coreclockhastobehigher,tojustifythemigrationfromolder

Corei7,andtokeepthedifferencewiththeLGA11554-coreSB

chips,aswellasAMDBulldozer.

So,toget3.3GHzorhighercorespeed,andfititallinto

130WTDP,a6corelimitsoundsaboutrightforthecurrent

Cseriessteppingsatleast.AfutureDsteppingcouldenable

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Nvidialaunches3DVision2

stereoscopicglasses

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-launches-3d-vision-2-

stereoscopic-glasses/13744.html

October17th,2011

Ifyoudon'tsucceedatfirst,tryagainseemstobeNvidia's

mottobehindits3DVisionglasses,asthecompanyhas

announceditssecondgenerationof3DVisionglassessimply

called3DVision2.Thenagain,thisisfarfromthesecond

generation,asovertheyearswe'veseenseveralattemptsfrom

Nvidiawherethecompanyhastriedtoconvincegamersthat

theyneed3Dglassestogetthemostoutoftheirgamesandthe

companyhasalsolaunchedsomethingofaflashbackproduct

intheshapeofthe3DVisionwiredglasses.

Ifyoudon'tsucceedatfirst,tryagainseemstobeNvidia's

mottobehindits3DVisionglasses,asthecompanyhas

announceditssecondgenerationof3DVisionglassessimply

called3DVision2.Thenagain,thisisfarfromthesecond

generation,asovertheyearswe'veseenseveralattemptsfrom

Nvidiawherethecompanyhastriedtoconvincegamersthat

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Thecompanyclaimsthatpartofthere-designistohelpstop

lightcominginfromthesidesandthattheglasseswillfit

betterwhenwearinggamingheadsets.Nvidiaalsotookthe

opportunitytoaddsomeextracompanybrandingtothenew

glasses,withabigsilverlogoonagreenbackground.One

issuethatdoesn'tappeartohavebeenwidelyaddressedonce

againistheissueofthosethatwearglasses,asthenew3D

Visionglassesdon'tseemtobeanymorecomfortabletowear

ontopofapairofglasses,althoughNvidiaclaimsthatthe

adjustablenosepieceswillmakethemmorecomfortableto

wearalongsideapairofregularglasses.

theyneed3Dglassestogetthemostoutoftheirgamesandthe

companyhasalsolaunchedsomethingofaflashbackproduct

intheshapeofthe3DVisionwiredglasses.

Nvidiaissayingthatthenew3DVision2glassesoffer20

percentlargerlensesandthecompanyhasaddedanewfeature

calledLightBoostwithturnsupthescreenbrightnessonLED

3Ddisplaystohelpcombatthedarkeningeffectoftheactive

shuttersintheglasses.Themostvisiblechangethoughisof

coursethenewdesign,butit'sstillverymuchaloveorhate

thing.Nvidiahasatleastmanagedtoshrinkthebulkofthe

batterypackcomparedtotheoriginal3DVisionglasses,but

hasatthesametimeendedupwiththickerframesaroundthe

eyesandanoverallbulkierdesign.

Nvidiaalsoofferapairofwired3DVisionglasses,although

thesewereannouncedbackinMay,butwehadn'thadachance

toseetheminthe"flesh"untilnow.Theyhavealengthofcable

attachedtotheleftarmandthishasasmallUSBdonglewith

asingleLEDinstalledinitwhichwillletyouknowifthey're

workingcorrectlyornot.

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Asforpricing,the3DVision2wirelessglasseswithaUSB

IRtransmitterwillretailforUS$149,thesamepricethatthe

current3DVisionglassesareretailingforandyoucangetthe

glassesontheirownforUS$99.Thewired3DVisionglasses

arecurrentlysellingforUS$99.

We'veaddedafewmorepicturesofthenewglassesfrom

variousanglesonthenextpage.

Rumour:AMD28nmGPUsin

December

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-amd-28nm-gpus-in-

december/13743.html

October17th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

generalproductionfor28nmGPUswillonlyrampupin2012.

However,AMDmayyetbeabletosneakinaGPUbytheend

oftheyearinlimitedquantities.

Japangets450MbpsWi-Fi

donglecourtesyofLogitec

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/japan-gets-450mbps-wi-fi-dongle-

courtesy-of-logitec/13742.html

October17th,2011

AsWi-Fiisevolvingwe'venowhitspeedsof450Mbps,butto

dateyou'vebeenprettymuchlimitedtousingnotebookswith

aselectchoiceofminiPCIExpresscardstobeabletoreach

thosekindsofspeeds.Nowitseemslikethefirst450Mbps

USBdonglesarestartingtoappearandalthoughwe'veseena

productfromTrendnetalready,it'snotassmallandportable

asthelatestmodelfromJapaneseLogitec.

AsWi-Fiisevolvingwe'venowhitspeedsof450Mbps,butto

dateyou'vebeenprettymuchlimitedtousingnotebookswith

aselectchoiceofminiPCIExpresscardstobeabletoreach

thosekindsofspeeds.Nowitseemslikethefirst450Mbps

USBdonglesarestartingtoappearandalthoughwe'veseena

productfromTrendnetalready,it'snotassmallandportable

asthelatestmodelfromJapaneseLogitec.

DonotethatLogitecshouldn'tbeconfusedwithLogitech

whichiscalledLogicoolinJapan.Therelativelysmalldongle,

calledtheLAN-W450AN/U2supportsboththe2.4and5GHz

bandsandithasasmallflip-upstyleantenna.Italsocomes

withaUSBextensionfordesktopsystemswhereitmightbe

hardtopluginotherwise.

AccordingtoHeiseOnline,AMDispreparingtoreleaseits

firstnext-gen28nmGPUsomDecember,withthedatesof

6thDecemberto9thDecemberbeingrumoured.Littleelseis

knownaboutthisGPU-whetheritisVLIW-4orGCN,whether

itisdesktopormobile,etc.

AccordingtoHeiseOnline,AMDispreparingtoreleaseits

firstnext-gen28nmGPUsomDecember,withthedatesof

6thDecemberto9thDecemberbeingrumoured.Littleelseis

knownaboutthisGPU-whetheritisVLIW-4orGCN,whether

itisdesktopormobile,etc.

InitiallyannouncedbyAMD for late-2011,reportspointto

problemsatTSMC's28nmprocessleadingtodelays.Even

ifAMDdoesmanagetoreleaseitsfirst28nmGPUsin

December,lowsuppliesareexpected.AMDhasdemonstrated

28nmGPUsrunninginnotebooksseveraltimesnow.Atthe

recentFusion11conferenceinTaipei,AMDshowedoffamid-

sizedperformance/mainstreamdie.

NVIDIA'sfirst 28nm chip - GK107-issettoreleaseinQ12012

fornotebooks,ifallgoeswell,withdesktopandperformance

GPUsfollowinglaterintheyear.Atthistime,itdoeslooklike

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totestitsnewIFC-PCIE4U3Shostcontrollercardwithandthe

companyclaimssequentialreadspeedsof371MB/scompared

to305MB/sfortheNEChostandsequentialwritespeedsof

322MB/scomparedto226MB/s.

Therereallyisn'tmuchelsetosayaboutit,butwe'reexpecting

othermanufacturerstobeclosebehindLogitecwiththeir

own450Mbpsdongles,especiallyoncetherouterinstallbase

grows.Currentlythereareonlyahandfulof450Mbpsrouters

inthemarket,butweshouldbeseeingseveralnewmodels

beforetheendoftheyear.TheLAN-W450AN/U2retailsfora

notinsignificant4,980Yen(S$82)inJapanwhichisquitea

lotofmoneyconsideringyou'dmostlikelyhavetosplashout

onasuitableroutertogowithitaswell.

We'renotquitesurehowBuffalomanagedtohitthesekindsof

speeds,butwehaven'thadtheopportunitytotestaquad-drive

DriveStationandassuchwedon'tknowwhattheinternalsare

either.TheonlyplacewemanagedtofindapricefortheIFC-

PCIE4U3SwasinJapanwhereit'slistedfor4,200Yen(S$69)

whichisextremelyexpensiveforaUSB3.0hostcontroller;

althoughwe'dexpectittobecheaperinotherpartsoftheworld

onceitbecomesavailable.

AMD'sfirstchipsetforsocket

FM2revealedbytheUSB-IF

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-s-first-chipset-for-socket-fm2-

revealed-by-the-usb-if/13740.html

October17th,2011

It'ssurprisingwhatyoucanfindbrowsingcompliance

databasesandwejusthappeneduponabigonetoday.AMD's

nextgenerationchipsetforitsTrinityFusionAPU'shavemade

anappearanceintheUSB-IF'scertifiedproductlistandthe

USB-IFkindlyrevealedthechipsetname,ratherthanputting

upsomekindofcodename.

Buffalolaunches4-port

RenesasbasedUSB3.0card

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/buffalo-launches-4-port-renesas-

based-usb-3.0-card/13741.html

October17th,2011

IfyoureadourUSB3.0hostcontrollerroundupyoumight've

noticedtheRenesasµD720201asoneofthecontestants.Back

thenwehadtorelyonareferencecard,butnowBuffalohas

launchedaretailcardbasedonRenesaslatestgenerationof

USB3.0hostcontrollers.

IfyoureadourUSB 3.0 host controller roundupyoumight've

noticedtheRenesasµD720201asoneofthecontestants.Back

thenwehadtorelyonareferencecard,butnowBuffalohas

launchedaretailcardbasedonRenesaslatestgenerationof

USB3.0hostcontrollers.

Buffaloismakingsomeboldperformanceclaimsandthey've

comparedtheRenesasµD720201tothegoodoldNEC

µD720200whichquicklybecamethestandardUSB3.0host

controller,asitwastheonlyoptionupuntilearlythisyear.

Buffalousedoneofits12TBquad-driveUSB3.0DriveStation's

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It'ssurprisingwhatyoucanfindbrowsingcompliance

databasesandwejusthappeneduponabigonetoday.AMD's

nextgenerationchipsetforitsTrinityFusionAPU'shavemade

anappearanceintheUSB-IF'scertifiedproductlistandthe

USB-IFkindlyrevealedthechipsetname,ratherthanputting

upsomekindofcodename.

Inallfairness,wehaveverylittletogoathere,butasyoucan

seefromthescreenshotbelow,thefirstchipsetmodelwillbe

calledtheA85X.We'dpresumethatthisisthereplacement

forthex90XseriesofchipsetsforAMD'sAM2/3socketsand

thissuggeststhatwemightendupseeingahigher-endanda

lower-endversionaswell.

Sofartheonlyfeatureweknowthatwe'llseeaspartofthis

newchipsetisofcourseUSB3.0,althoughwedon'texpect

AMDtogowithmorethanthecurrentfourportsasseeninthe

A75chipset.Trinityisexpectedtoarrivefairlyearlynextyear

andjudgingbythefactthatthereferenceplatformhasalready

pacedthroughthePCI-SIGaswereported earlier,itseemslike

AMDmightactuallybeontrackwithitsfollowuptoLlano.

Singaporeanresearchers

boostharddrivecapacitysix

foldwithasprinkleofsalt

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/singaporean-researchers-boost-hard-

drive-capacity-six-fold-with-a-sprinkle-of-salt/13739.html

October17th,2011

Judgingbythelatestnews,thegoodoldharddriveisfarfrom

deadasitseemsthatwecanexpectasixfoldincreasein

storagecapacityinthenearfuture,atleastifresearchedby

Singaporeanscientistsendupcatchingonwiththeharddrive

manufacturers.What'ssurprisingisthatsimpletablesalt,also

knownasammoniumchlorideiswhatmadeitallpossible.

Judgingbythelatestnews,thegoodoldharddriveisfarfrom

deadasitseemsthatwecanexpectasixfoldincreasein

storagecapacityinthenearfuture,atleastifresearchedby

Singaporeanscientistsendupcatchingonwiththeharddrive

manufacturers.What'ssurprisingisthatsimpletablesalt,also

knownassodiumchlorideiswhatmadeitallpossible.

Thedevelopmentisactuallytwofold,asthescientistsfrom

Singapore'sInstituteofMaterialResearchandEngineering

(IMRE)aswellasonesfromSingapore'sAgencyforScience,

TechnologyandResearch(A*STAR)withsomehelpfromthe

NationalUniversityofSingapore(NUS)andtheDataStorage

Institute(DSI)usedbit-patternedmediawhichiscuttingedge

Publishedby:VR-Zone

harddrivetechnologyandthenappliedasprinklingofsaltto

reallyspicethingsup.

Ok,that'snotquitetrue,asthesaltwasaddedasastep

inthee-beamlithographyprocessasthishelpedtoproduce

amuchmoredefinednanostructureonthedisksurface.

Theendresultisastructuredsurfaceonthedisk,whereas

traditionalharddriveshaverandomlydistributednanscopic

magnetic"grains"(measuringaround7-8nmeach)where

multiplesoftensareusedtostoreasinglebit,theresearched

managedtocreateadiskwherethedisksurfaceconsistof

tiny"islands"(measuringaround10nmeach)insteadandeach

islandcanstoreabit.

Themethodusedstillrequiresalotofrefinement,ason

averagetheresearchesmanagedtoboostthestoragedensity

from0.5Terrabitpersquareinchto1.9Terabitpersquare

inch,theyalsomanagedtoreachdatadensitiesashighas

3.3Terabitpersquareinch.Asyoucanseefromtheelectron

microscopyimageabove,thedataispackedextremelydense

byusingthisnewtechnology.However,thisisjustastep

towardstheresearcher'sgoaltohit10Terabitpersquareinch,

althoughthisisn'tlikelytohappenovernight.

Currentlytherearetwocompetingstandardsinthefuture

ofharddrivetechnology,oneisthebit-patternedtechnology

usedbytheSingaporeanresearchesandthisisalsothe

technologythatHitachiGST(whichmightsoonbepartof

WesternDigital)andsomethingcalledheat-assistedmagnetic

recordingorHAMRwhichisatechnologySeagateispushing

for.Thelongoftheshortisthatthecurrentperpendicular

drivetechnologyisabouttorunoutofsteamoncestorage

densitiesof1to1.5Terabitspersquareinchisreachedasthe

bitsstoredwillbetoosmallandbecomeunstableduetothe

fairlyunstructuredsurfaceofthedisks.HAMRisexpectedto

happensoonerthanbit-patterning,althoughit'spossiblethat

thisnewbreak-throughprocesswillchangeallthat.

We'lldefinitelybekeepinganeyeonthings,asinasmuchas

SSD'saregettingcheaperandthedensityisgoingup,theyjust

can'tcompetewithharddrivesintermsofcostperGB.Ontop

ofthatwe'restoringmoredatathanever,solargerharddrives

isamust,butwith4TBdrivesstartingtotrickleoutfromthe

manufacturers,itseemslikewehavelittletoworryaboutfor

thetimebeingatleast.

XboxSingaporeunveilsnew

Kinectholidaytitles

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/xbox-singapore-unveils-new-kinect-

holiday-titles/13737.html

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October17th,2011

Today,XboxSingaporehadamediaeventtoshowcase

theirupcomingholidaytitlesincludingKinect:Disneyland

Adventures,KinectSports:SeasonTwo,DanceCentral2and

ForzaMotorsport4whichwouldbeavailablethismonthand

November.Ontopofthat,thecompanyalsoshowedtheXbox

classicHalo:CombatEvolvedAnniversary.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

DanceCentral2:Followinguptothebest-sellingdance

gameforKinect,Harmonixexpandsthefull-bodydance

gameuniversewithDanceCentral2,whichprovidesnew

multiplayerexperiencesandall-newroutinessettoan

unstoppablesoundtrack,featuringUsher,Rihanna,Nicki

Minaj,MontellJordanandmore.Meetthecrewsanddance

collaborativelywithfriendsinPerformIt!orchallengethem

toasimultaneoushead-to-headDanceBattle.

Pricing:SRPS$59.90

Availability:21October,2011

ForzaMotorsport4:Withgenre-definingcontroller-based

racing,game-changingKinectexperiences,suchashead

tracking,andnewsocialfeaturesthatconnectplayersinways

nootherracinggamecan,ForzaMotorsport4istransforming

theracingcategory.

Availability:11October,2011

Pricing:StandardEdition:SRPS$59.90;LimitedCollector’s

Edition:SRPS$84.90

KinectforXbox360waslaunchedayearagoandaccording

toJimmyKhoo,directorforRetailSalesandMarketing,

MicrosoftSingapore,itsetthenewGuinnessworldrecord

asthefastest-sellingconsumerelectronicsdevicein60days.

Today,thecompanyunveiledthenewKinectholidaytitles

whichsomewereshowcasedatElectronicEntertainment

Expo(E3)inJunethisyear.TitlesincludetheKinect:

DisneylandAdventures,KinectSports:SeasonTwo,Dance

Central2andForzaMotorsport4.

Kinect:DisneylandAdventures:Thisisthefirsttitlecoming

outofalicensingagreementbetweenMicrosoftStudiosand

DisneyInteractiveStudios,andchildren,parentsandDisney

fanscanexploreDisneylandpark-fromMainStreetU.S.A.

toCritterCountry-joiningPeterPantobattleCaptainHook,

high-fiveMickeyMouseorhugSnowWhiteusingtheirfull

bodiesandvoices.Nocontrollerrequired.

Pricing:SRPS$59.90

Availability:15November,2011

KinectSports:SeasonTwo:Thesequeltolastyear’snunber-

onehitforKinectisbackwithmorefull-bodyaction,featuring

sixnewsports:Americanfootball,golf,baseball,winterskiing,

dartsandtennis.Whetheryouwanttogoforahole-in-onein

golf,throwaHailMarytouchdownpassinAmericanfootball

orcompeteagainstafriendduringafewsetsoftennis,Kinect

Sports:SeasonTwohassomethingtoappealtoeveryone.

AndforthosewhoenjoyedXboxclassic,high-definition

remakeofHalo:CombatEvolved.

Halo:CombatEvolvedAnniversary:Createdincelebrationof

thetenthanniversaryofoneofthemostbelovedfranchises

ingaminghistory,Halo:CombatEvolvedAnniversaryis

aspectacularlyre-masteredversionoftheoriginalHalo

campaign,bundledwithsomeofthemostbelovedmultiplayer

mapsinHalohistoryreimaginedforXboxLIVE.Halo:Combat

EvolvedAnniversarywillincludeabountyofnewfeatures,

includingcooperativeplayoverXboxLIVE,newchallenges

andnewfictiontouncover.

Price:SRPS$42.90

Availability:15November,2011

Price:SRPS$59.90

Availability:25October,2011

XboxandtheHealthPromotionBoardisalsocollaboratingto

promoteafunandhealthylifestyletoSingaporefamilies.The

publiccangettheirfirsthands-onwithKinectSports:Season2

attheupcomingNationalHealthyLifestyleCampaign(NHLC)

launchatSengkangCommunityClubonSaturday22Oct2011,

aweekbeforethegame’sretaillaunch.

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Sonyunveilsworld'sfirst

digitalbinocularswithHD

videorecording,zoom,

autofocusandSteadyShot

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-unveils-world-s-first-

digital-binoculars-with-hd-video-recording-zoom-autofocus-and-

steadyshot/13736.html

October17th,2011

Sonyhasunveiledtheworld'sfirstdigitalbinoculars-DEV-5

andDEV-5K-whichclaimtoofferhighdefinitionvideo

recording,aswellas3Drecordingformilitary,securityand

privateinvestigationuse.Bothbinocularsaregoingtobe

availablefromNovember.

TheDEV-5andDEV-5KfromSonyclaimtobetheworld’s

firstdigitalbinocularsthatcanrecordFullhighdefinition

videowithstereosound.Availableintwoversions,the

DEV-5istheconsumerversionofthedigitalbinoculars,

whiletheprofessionalDEV-5Kcomeswiththesametechnical

specificationsastheDEV-5butalsoincludestheAC-VQV10

high-speedACadaptor/charger,plusahigh-capacityNP-

FV100battery.

TheDEV-5letsyoucapturepreciousmomentsthatyoucan

enjoylateronyourHDtelevision.Thereisalsoa3Drecord

modethatcapturesthesceneasthrillingstereoscopicvideo

footagetoenjoyonyour3DBRAVIATV,withamaximum

magnificationof5.4timesin3Dmode.SimilartotheDEV-5,

theDEV-5Kprofessionalmodelletsyouobserveandcapture

incontrovertibleevidencesimultaneouslywithouthavingto

takeyoureyesoffthesubject.Italsooffers3Drecording

asrealisticstereoscopicvideofootage,whichissuitablefor

military,securityandprivateinvestigationuse.

Variablezoomonbothmodelsletsyouscanawideareaat

Publishedby:VR-Zone

turningondigitalzoomatmagnificationsettingsover10x,

bothboosttotalmagnificationrangefrom0.9xupto20x.

Electronicautofocusallowsbothbinocularstofocuscleanly

onsubjectsascloseas1cmawaywhenrecordingin2D(min.

80cmwhenrecordingin3D).

Separateimagesforleftandrighteyesarecapturedby

amatchedpairofprecisionGLensopticsbySonywith

ExmorRCMOSsensorsandpowerfulBIONZprocessors.

Independentelectronicviewfindersprovideclear,detailed

imagesforleftandrighteyes,offeringa3Dviewingexperience

that’scomfortable,naturalandhighlyimmersive.

Thebinocularsarecomfortabletoholdforextendedperiods,

thankstotheergonomicgripareathat’scoatedwithan

elastomermaterialforcomfortablehandlingandstable

operation.Top-mountedcontrolsalloweasyoperationwith

glovedfingers,whiledualbuttonsareprovidedtostart

recordinginstantlywitheitherhand.Asanadditional

refinement,bothmodelsincludeanon-boardGPSreceiver

thatautomaticallygeotagsvideoclipsasyouareonthemove.

TheDEV-5comessuppliedwitharechargeablebatterypack

(NP-FV70)thatallowsuptoapproximately3hoursof2D

recordingonasinglecharge,whiletheDEV-5Kissupplied

withahighcapacityrechargeablebatterypack(NP-FV100)

thatallowsuptoapproximately6hoursof2Drecording.In

addition,bothmodelscomewithlenscover,findercap,large

eyecups,acarryingcaseandneckstrapsupplied.

ThenewDEV-5andDEV-5Kdigitalrecordablebinoculars

fromSonywillbeavailableinSingaporefromNovember2011

andarepricedatS$2,599andS$3,080respectively.

Quickhandsonvideo

Colourfulandaffordable

Nokia603tobeavailablein

SingaporeinQ4

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/colourful-and-affordable-nokia-603-to-

be-available-in-singapore-in-q4/13735.html

October17th,2011

ThenewNokia603isequippedwiththelatestSymbian

BelleoperatingsystemandwiththeNokiaLunaBluetooth

headset,bothaimtobringNearFieldCommunication(NFC)

tomassmarket.TheNokia603smartphoneandLuna

BluetoothheadsetarescheduledtobeavailableinQ4thisyear.

lowmagnificationbeforezoominginseamlesslytopinpoint

yoursubject,likeadistantgolfballorbirdsinthefield.By

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subscriptionplan.Singaporeisoneofthefirstmarketswhere

theMediaPadiscommerciallyavailable.

NokiahasannouncedtheirnewcolourfulandaffordableNokia

603whichispreloadedwiththelatestappsandfeaturing

single-tappairing,sharingandtagreadingwithNearField

Communication(NFC).ThecompanyalsounveiledtheNokia

LunaBluetoothHeadsettousewiththeNokia603thatlets

userpaireasilyviaNFCtechnology.Designedtoappealto

firsttimesmartphoneusersandthoseupgradingfromolder

products,theNokia603offersthelatesttechnologiesand

featuresinapackagethatisextensive,affordableandunique

tothecompany.

TheNokia603hasaseamless,compactdesignandhasa

durable3.5-inchClearBlack,scratch-resistantdisplaythat

isoptimizedforuseevenunderbrightsunlight.Pricedat

EUR200(beforetaxesandsubsidies),theNokia603comes

preloadedwithMaps,latestsocialnetworkinggamesand

apps,andtheabilitytocapture,editandsharephotographs.

ItalsofeaturesthelatestSymbianBellesoftwarewithupto

sixcustomizablehomescreensanddynamiclivewidgetsfor

improvedpersonalizationandprioritizationofyourfavourite

content.

TheNokia603isavailableinblackandwhitewithachoice

ofbackcoversinsixdifferentcolors:black,white,fuchsia,

green,yellowandblue.TheNokiaLunaBluetoothHeadset

isavailableinblack,white,fuchsia,greenandcyan.Both

productsareexpectedtostartshippinginthefourthquarter

of2011.

HuaweiMediaPadonsale

tomorrowforS$598

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/huawei-mediapad-on-sale-tomorrow-

Singapore,13October2011-Thewaitisfinallyoverfor

HuaweiMediaPadfansinSingapore!From15October2011,

the7-inchAndroidHoneycomb3.2MediaPadwillberetailing

atoperatorsaswellasselectedretailstoresforS$598

(includingGST)withoutsubscriptionplan.Singaporeisone

ofthefirstmarketswheretheMediaPadiscommercially

available.

TheHuaweiMediaPadisacompleteentertainment

powerhousedrivenbyQualcomm’sdual-core1.2GHz

processor.Featuringa7-inch217PPIcapacitivetouchscreen,

theMediaPadisHuawei’ssmartest,slimmestandlightest

tabletyet,measuringjust10.5mm(0.4inches)deepand

weighingapproximately390g(0.86pounds).

Itsupports1080PfullHDvideoplaybackandfeaturesa1.3

megapixelfront-facingcameraand5megapixelautofocus

rear-facingcamerawithHDvideorecordingcapabilities.

WithHSPA14.4Mbpsandhigh-speedWiFi802.11nInternet

connectivityandpreloadedwith3populargames,the

MediaPaddoesn’tjustentertain–itkeepsyouconnected.

IntelCPUsOverclocked:Sandy

Easy,IvyEasier,Haswell

Easiest!

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-cpus-overclocked-sandy-easy-ivy-

easier-haswell-easiest-/13733.html

October17th,2011

for-s-598/13734.html

October17th,2011

Contrarytotheimagesomeharbourduetothetemporary

SandyBridgeoverclocklockonthegenericnon-Kparts,Intel

processorsareexpectedtobeveryoverclockfriendlyinthe

futuregenerations.MysourcesatIDFconfirmedthatdirectly,

andnowitmightbethetimetocoveritinmoredetail...

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ThewaitisfinallyoverforHuaweiMediaPadfans

inSingapore!From15October2011,the7-inchAndroid

Honeycomb3.2MediaPadwillberetailingatoperatorsaswell

asselectedretailstoresforS$598(includingGST)without

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EvenwithAMD's initial Bulldozer parts around now,Intel

seemstostillholdafirmleadwhenitcomestoeasy

"production"overclockingwhere,withjustasmalltuneup,

youcangetanextra20%to30%processorperformance

withoutmajor-oranyatall,ifusingagoodboardanddecent

cooling-impactonyoursystems'longtermreliability.For

instance,atypicalsix-coreCorei7990Xrunsverynicelyat

4.27GHzspeedeverydayatjust1.28volts,withoutahitch.

And,theK-seriesSandyBridgeoverclockingcapabilities,even

onstandardaircooling,arewellknown,withthenewi72700K

partsrunningstableat5GHzwithdecentaircoolingalone.

Now,thegoodseemsbejustgettingbetter,aswemove

forward.AccordingtothestuffseenattheIDF,IvyBridge

CPUsdecouplethemainclockfinally,followingwhatthe

comingSandyBridge-ESocket2011isalsoimplementing.

Now,youcanoverclockthecoresandmemorywithout

worryingaboutaffectingtheI/OandPCIeclocks.Butthen

comesthemoreinterestingpiecenews.

Ayearlater,inearly2013,thepinnacleofIntel's22nm

processshowoff,theinitialHaswellprocessor,isexpected

togoanotherstepfurther,whereCPUcore,GPU,memory,

PCIandDMIratiosareallsetindependentlyhere,ontopof

finegrainBCLKbaseclockavailablewithintheLynxPoint

chipset.Also,duetoitsfullyintegratedvoltageregulator

circuitryforsimplifiedplatformdesign,morestablepower

deliveryandthereforemorepredictableoverclockingcould

beachieved.Addtoittheexpectedmajorimprovementsin

memoryDIMMlayouttopology,enablinggreatperformance

evenwith2DIMMsperchannelwithouttheusualpenalties

comparedtojust1DIMMperchannel.

Now,thiswouldbeasfarasonecangoinoverclock

friendlinessonamainstreamplatform,and,knowingthatthe

sourceswereconfirmingthelikelihoodofcombinedmultiple

CPUandmultipleGPUcoresonHaswell(i.e.youcouldhave,

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Allthat'smissinginthisstoryissomecompetitiontothis...

where, oh where?

AsuslaunchesUSB3.0speed

booster,UASPsupportfor

ASMedia

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-launches-usb-3.0-speed-booster-

uasp-support-for-asmedia/13732.html

October17th,2011

Sofarwe'veonlyseenperformanceboostingsoftwareforUSB

3.0datatransferfromASRock,butnowAsushaslaunchedits

owntake,alongsideasetofnewdriversforASMedia'sUSB

3.0hostcontrollerswhichaddsUASPsupport.Wedidaquick

anddirtyspeedtestwiththenewdriverstoseeiftherewas

anyimprovement,althoughwedidn'thaveacompatibleAsus

motherboardathandtotestthespeedboostingsoftware.

Sofarwe'veonlyseenperformanceboostingsoftwareforUSB

3.0datatransferfromASRock,butnowAsushaslaunchedits

owntake,alongsideasetofnewdriversforASMedia'sUSB

3.0hostcontrollerswhichaddsUASPsupport.Wedidaquick

anddirtyspeedtestwiththenewdriverstoseeiftherewas

anyimprovement,althoughwedidn'thaveacompatibleAsus

motherboardathandtotestthespeedboostingsoftware.

UASPorUSBAttachedSCSIProtocolnotonlybringswithit

aperformanceboostaslongasyou'reusingastoragedevice

withUASPsupport,butitalsoofferssupportforcommand

queuingandremovesseveralsoftwareoverheads.Butmost

significantlyformostconsumers,UASPaddssupportforout-

of-ordercompletionoffilecopies.Whatdoesthismeanin

practicalterms?Well,youcannowcopyfilessimultaneously

bydraganddropandthey'llfinishbasedonthefilesizerather

thanontheorderyoucopiedthemasingenerallythecase

withtheBulkOnlyTransferprotocol.SadlyUASPwon'tbea

standarduntilWindows8comesoutandit'squitetrickyto

knowwhichdevicesaresupportedandwhicharen't.

RenesaswasthefirsttosupportUASPforitshostcontrollers

andhassofarbeentheonlyUSB3.0hostcontroller

manufacturertosupportthestandard.Thatsaid,ASMedia

hassupportUASPonthedevicesideforquitesometimeand

itsASM1051E,ASM1051UandASM1054SATAtoUSB3.0

bridgesallsupportUASP.AccordingtoAsus,theLucidPort

USB300SATAtoUSB3.0bridgealsooffersUASPsupportand

thisisalsowhatthemanufacturerswebsiteisstating.Beyond

SATAbridgesseveralUSB3.0flashdrivesalsosupportUASP

andAsusisprovidingalistofdevicesthatthecompanyhas

testedonitswebsite(seelinkattheendofthearticle).

say,4CPUcoresand2GPUcores,or2CPUcoresand3GPU

coreschip),wouldcreatepossiblythemostflexibledesktop-

andmobile-platformIntel,oranyoneelse,everhadinone

socket.

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Evenifyoudon'thaveanAsusmotherboard,butanASMedia

hostcontrollerwesuggestyouheadovertoAsusandhitthe

downloadbutton,asincludedinitsUSB3.0Boostpackageare

newASMediadriversaswellasanewfirmwareandbothare

neededforUASPsupportandwillworkonallASMediaUSB

3.0hostcontrollers.WedidareallyquickCrystalDiskMark

testusingthesameASM1051EbridgeandPatriotWildfire

SSDandalthoughweusedadifferentsystemforthetest

thantheoneweusedduringourexhaustiveUSB 3.0 host

controller roundup,wesawimprovedreadspeedsofabout

12MB/salthoughthereadspeedwasonlyupbyabout1MB/s.

That'sstilladecentimprovementconsideringthatallwedid

wasflashthehostcontrollerfirmwareandinstallanewdriver.

Asusismakingsomewildclaimsofa170percentperformance

increaseinUASPmodewhichmightbepossibleinsome

scenariosandconsideringthattheirtestsetupwasslightly

differentandconsistedofactualfilecopying,wecan'tsay

it'swrong.What'smoresurprisingisthatitsTurbosoftware

onlyoffersa127percentimprovementinthesamescenario,

althoughthatwasinBOT(BulkOnlyTransfer)mode,as

apparentlyAsus'USB3.0Boostsoftwareisn'tcompatiblewith

UASP.Still,ifyouhaveadevicethatdoesn'tsupportUASP,

it'sstilladecentwayofgettingsomeadditionalperformance

outofyourUSB3.0devices.Forsomereasonthere'salsoa

"normal"modeintheUSB3.0Boostsoftwareincaseyouhave

adevicethatdoesn'tlikeUASPortheboostmode.

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maximumwritespeedpeakedat293.3MB/safewtimes,with

theaveragewritespeedhitting242.6MB/s.Prettyimpressive

stuff,especiallyasit'safreeupgrade.

SeagatelaunchestheGoFlex

Cinemamultimediadrive

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/seagate-launches-the-goflex-cinema-

multimedia-drive/13731.html

October17th,2011

Mediaplayersarehardlywhatwe'dcallspecialthesedaysand

youcangetsomereallycheap,ifalbeitbasicmodelsthesedays

thatwillplayprettymuchanyfileformatyouthrowatthem.

Seagatehasbeentryingtogetintothemediaplayerforquite

sometimeandsofarthecompanyhascomeupwithsome

fairlyuninspiringsolutions,butitsnewGoFlexCinemaisa

ratherintriguingpieceofhardware.

Mediaplayersarehardlywhatwe'dcallspecialthesedaysand

youcangetsomereallycheap,ifalbeitbasicmodelsthesedays

thatwillplayprettymuchanyfileformatyouthrowatthem.

Seagatehasbeentryingtogetintothemediaplayerforquite

sometimeandsofarthecompanyhascomeupwithsome

fairlyuninspiringsolutions,butitsnewGoFlexCinemaisa

ratherintriguingpieceofhardware.

TheGoFlexCinemaisoneofthesmallestmediaplayersin

themarket,well;itisaslongasyoudon'ttakeintoaccount

thesizeoftheGoFlexharddrivewhichit'sattachedto.The

entiresetupmeasures223x120x44mmandthatgivesyoua

sizeableexternalharddriveavailablein1TB,2TBand3TB

sizes.UnlikeSeagate'spreviousattemptsatmediaplayersthe

GoFlexCinemarelieson3.5-inchharddrivesratherthan2.5-

inchdrives.Beyonditsmediaplayerfeaturesitcanalsobe

usedforcopyingfilesdirectlyfromadigitalcamerawithoutthe

needofaPC.Asmallremotecontrolthatdoesn'tlookoverly

impressiveisalsosupplied.

Sothetakeawayhereisthatevenifyoudon'thaveanAsus

motherboardonthelist,aslongasyouhaveanASMediaUSB

3.0hostcontrollerit'swellworthupgradingthefirmwareand

drivers.Asusiscurrentlylisting17motherboardmodelsthat

itsaysarecompatiblewiththeUSB3.0Boostsoftwareand

thenewUASPdrivers.WetestedwithastandardASM1042

basedPCIExpresscardsanddidn'trunintoanyissueswith

thenewUASPdriversandseveraldevicesthatwetestedit

with.Allwe'rehopingfornowisthatalltheotherUSB3.0host

controllermakerswillfollowsuitandlaunchUASPdriversfor

theirhostcontrollers.

Update:WerananotherquicktestinHDTunePro4.61and

gotanaveragereadspeedof261.6MB/s,that'snearly37MB/

sfasterthanwithoutUASP.Intermsofwriteperformancewe

sawahugeincreaseinperformanceheretoowithanincrease

intheaveragesequentialwritespeedof33MB/s,althoughthe

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Theactualmediaplayerisasmallattachmentthatgoeson

whatwouldnormallyhavebeenthebottomendofaGoFlex

harddriveanditsportsaminiUSBportforfiletransfersto/

fromaPC,astandardUSBporttowhichcamerasorotherUSB

storagedevicescanbeconnected,anHDMIport,anoptical

S/PDIFout,apairofRCAaudiojacksandacompositevideo

connectoraswellasapowerconnector.There'sbothanupside

andadownsidetothis.Theupsideisthatthedrivethatcomes

withtheGoFlexCinemaworkswithotherGoFlexadapters

fromSeagate,soyoucangetaUSB3.0docktoboostthespeed

whenyou'recopyingfilesfromyourPC.Thedownsideisthat

theGoFlexCinemaisn'tsoldwithoutaharddrive,soifyou

alreadyownaGoFlexdrive,you'llhavetogetanotheroneto

gettheGoFlexCinema.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

October17th,2011

Thisafternoon,WesternDigitalannouncedthelaunchof

theWDTVLive,MyPassportStudioandMyPassportfor

MacinSingapore.TheWDTVLivestreamingmediaplayer

canconnecttotheInterneteasilyviaEthernetorwireless,

andsupportshighdefinitionvideoapplications.TheWD

MyPassportportableharddrivescomeincompactformfactor

withhighstoragecapacityoptionsandaredesignedforuse

withMacandAppleTimeMachine.

IntermsoffilesupporttheGoFlexCinemaappearstohavejust

abouteveryformatinallstandardresolutionssupported.It'll

playbackAVI(Xvid,MPEG1/2/4,AVC,H.264),MPG/MPEG,

VOB,ISO(DVDandBlu-ray),M2TS,MP4,MOV(AVC,

H.264),MKV(MPEG2/4,AVC,H.264),FLVandASF(VC-1,

WMV9)videofilesaswellasMP3,WAV,AAC,MKA,FLAC,

WMA,APEandOGGaudiofiles,alternativelyaudiocombined

withthevideo.There'salsosupportforLPCM,WMAPro,

DolbyDigitalandDTSaudio,althoughonlypassthroughfor

themulti-channelformats.Finallyit'lldisplayJPEG(upto

20Megapixles),GIF,TIFF,BMPandPNGimagesandSRT,

SSA,ASSandSAMIsubtitles.

Wecan'tsaymuchabouttheUIasSeagatehasonlyposteda

singlescreenshotonitswebsiteandeventhatisn'tveryclear.

There'smulti-languagesupport,butastowhichlanguages

aresupportedseemstovarybetweentheregionstheunitis

soldinandcurrentlyitseemstoonlybeavailableinEMEA

andthedetailsonSeagate'swebsiteisassuchlimitedtothat

region.The1TBmodelretailsfor€99(S$175),withthe2TB

modelonlybeingslightlymoreexpensiveat€129(S$229)and

finallythe3TBmodelat€179(S$315).Nowordonwhenorif

SeagateisplanningonlaunchingtheGoFlexCinemaoutside

ofEurope,butwe'dexpectittobeavailableglobally.

WesternDigitallaunchesWD

TVLive,MyPassportStudio

andMyPassportforMacin

Singapore

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/western-digital-launches-wd-tv-live-

my-passport-studio-and-my-passport-for-mac-in-singapore/13730.html

WesternDigitalhaslaunchedtheirlatestWDTVLivewireless

streamingmediaplayer,WDMyPassportStudioandMy

PassportforMacportableharddrivesinSingapore.TheWD

TVLivestreamingmediaplayerisWi-Fienabledandcan

connecttotheInternetviawirelessorEthernetconnection.

ItfeaturesanewintuitiveuserinterfaceandoffersInternet

contentfromservicesincludingFacebook,Flickr,YouTube,

Dailymotion,Spotify(availableonlyinUSA),AccuWeather

andevenShoutcastRadio.Themediaplayeralsoincludes

FunSpotGamesgamingservicethathasgamessuchas

Sudoku,BlackJackandPoker.OtherfeaturesincludeDLNA-

compatible,supportsawidevarietyofmediaformatsand

supportanyUSBconnecteddrives,digitalcamera,video

camcorderandnetworkdrives.

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TheWDTVLivestreamingmediaplayerisavailableat

selectedretailersatS$189.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Chevroletworksonnext-

generationEN-Vconcept

vehicle

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/chevrolet-works-on-next-generation-

en-v-concept-vehicle/13729.html

October17th,2011

CarmanufacturerChevrolethasannouncedplanstowork

onthenext-generationEN-Vvehiclethatclaimstobesafe,

iszero-emissionandpoweredbyLithium-ionbatteries.The

companyintendstousetheEN-Vvehicleforpilotprogramsin

selectedmegacitiesaroundtheworld.

Theultra-copmactWDMyPassportforMacsportsanelegant

Mac-inspiredfinishandfeatureshighcapacitystorageoptions

ofupto2TB.TheWDMyPassportforMacispoweredthrough

USB2.0anddoesnotrequireadditionalcablesorpower

source.TheWDMyPassportStudio,ontheotherhand,hasan

all-metaldesignandoffersmultipleconnectivityoptions-two

FireWire800andUSB2.0.Italsoallowsuserstodaisychain

additionaldrivesorotherperipheralssuchashighdefinition

camcorders,andfeaturesencryptionandpasswordprotection

software.

TheWDMyPassportforMacandMyPassportStudioare

availableatselectedretailersatthefollowingpricetags:-

WDMyPassportStudio

WDMyPassportforMac

500GB-S$169

750GB-S$189

1TB-S$219

500GB-S$119

750GB-S$129

1TB-S$159

Workontheanext-generationChevroletEN-Vconceptvehicle

wasannouncedtoday,anditrepresentsGeneralMotors’

visiontomeetthegrowingdemandforsafe,connected,

zero-emissionspersonaltransportation.Thenext-generation

ChevroletEN-Vcouldparticipateinpilotdemonstration

programsinmegacitiesaroundtheworldtodeterminereal-

worldpracticality.

FutureEN-VconceptswillcarrytheChevroletbrand,Chris

Perry,vicepresident,globalChevroletmarketingandstrategy,

toldinternationalanddomesticmediavisitingDetroitin

advanceofChevrolet’sNov.3Centennialcelebration.

Theaward-winningEN-V,shortforElectricNetworked-

Vehicle,isatwo-seat,electricurbanmobilityconceptthat

maintainsthebasicprincipleofpersonalmobility,while

respondingtocongestionandenvironmentalconcernsin

growingglobalmegacities.Thenext-generationChevroletEN-

Vconceptwilladdnewfeaturesthatcustomersneed,suchas

climatecontrol,personalstoragespaceandall-weatherand

roadconditionoperation.Itwillalsoretainitsbatteryelectric

propulsion,connectivityandautonomousdrivingcapabilities.

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CraigDavis,director,SalesandMarketing,BrandedProduct

Group,WesternDigitalAsiaPacificRegion,wasattheevent

totalkaboutthenewofferingsfromthecompany.

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TheEN-Visazero-emissionsvehiclepoweredbylithium-ion

batteries.Rechargingfromaconventionalwalloutletusing

standardhouseholdpowerenablesEN-Vtotravelatleast40

kilometersonasinglecharge,acceptableformosturbantrips.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

—inmorewaysthanone.Peepcloselyandyoucanseethe

notchesofthecapacitivesensorsembeddedontopofthe

device.Ourreviewunitcameinastandardretailboxwith

bundledaccessoriesincludingaUSBnanoreceiver,twoAA-

sizebatteries,basecover,USBcableandtheproductandsetup

guides.

BycombiningGPSwithvehicle-to-vehiclecommunications

anddistance-sensingtechnologies,theEN-Vcanbedriven

manuallyorautonomously.Inautonomousmode,EN-Voffers

mobilitytopeoplewhomaynototherwiseoperateavehicle.

Byleveragingwirelesscommunicationsitallowsdriversand

occupantstocommunicatehands-freewithfriendsorbusiness

associateswhileonthego.

Theabilitytocommunicatewithothervehiclesandwith

theinfrastructurecouldhelpEN-Vsignificantlyreducethe

numberofvehiclecrashesandmakeiteasiertofindavailable

parkingspaces.Itcouldalsoreducetrafficcongestionby

automaticallyselectingthefastestroutebasedonreal-time

trafficinformation.

MicrosoftTouchMouse

Review:Mousewithaclever

Touch

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-touch-mouse-review-mouse-

with-a-clever-touch/13728.html

October17th,2011

TheMicrosoftTouchMousewasintroducedinSingapore,

inAugustthisyear.Thestylish,elegantmouseclaimstowork

withWindows7operatingsystemandiscapabletohandle

scrolling,minimizing/maximizing,anddockingwithfinger

gestures.VR-Zonemanagedtogetoneforthisreviewandsee

howwelltheMicrosoftTouchMouseworks.

ThisMicrosoftmouseshouldcomewithawarning:Swiping

isaddictive.ThisisawirelessMousewithadifferentTouch

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October20th,2011

VR-Zone.com|StufffortheGeeks!

suchasthedualanalogsticks,dualcameras,andfrontand

reartouchpadarealldesignedtodelivertheunique,powerful

gameplayexperiencesconsumershavebeenaskingforand

enablenewwaysforuserstoconnectwiththeworldaround

them."

Theportablemarketischanging,andonFebruary22we'llall

getachancetoseeiftheVitahasafightingchance.

Lytrofinallyshowsoffand

launchesitslightfieldcamera

VR-Zone|StufffortheGeeksisabi-weeklypublication

coveringthelatestgadgetsandstuffforthegeeks.

PlaystationVitaLaunches

February22,2012

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/playstation-vita-launches-

february-22-2012/13781.html

October20th,2011

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/lytro-finally-shows-off-and-launches-

its-light-field-camera/13782.html

October20th,2011

SonyhasannouncedthatthePlaystationVitawillhitthe

streetsonFebruary22,2012intheUnitedStates,Canada,

LatinAmerica,andEurope.TheWi-Fimodelwillsellforthe

surprisinglyreasonablepriceof$249.99followedby$299.99

forthe3G/Wi-Fimodel.Theportablemarketischanging,and

onFebruary22we'llallgetachancetoseeiftheVitahasa

fightingchance.

SonyhasannouncedthatthePlaystationVitawillhitthe

streetsonFebruary22,2012intheUnitedStates,Canada,

LatinAmerica,andEurope.TheWi-Fimodelwillsellforthe

surprisinglyreasonablepriceof$249.99followedby$299.99

forthe3G/Wi-Fimodel.

Thoughmyinitialexcitementforthedevicewastepid,that

changedafterspendingsometimewiththeVitaatthisyears

E3.Itfeelsgoodinthehand,hasagorgeous5inches(16:9),

960x544OLEDscreen,finallyhasdualanalogsticks,andI'm

interestedinthepotentialofthereartouchpad.

PresidentandchiefexecutiveofficerofSCEAJackTrenton

says"PlayStationVitawillredefinetraditionalboundariesof

gamingandblurthelinesbetweenentertainmentandreality.

Itslaunchwillserveasapivotalpointinthehistoryof

portablegamingandcreateanewfanbaseofPlayStation

gamersforgenerationstocome.Withitstechnological

ThefirstpicturestakenusingLytro'slightfieldtechnology

appearedonthewebafewmonthsbackandstirredupquite

alotofinterestinwhatkindofcamerathecompanycouldbe

workingon,asitallseemedalittlebittoogoodtobetrueand

thereweren'tawholelotofdetailstogoon.Nowthecompany

hasfinallylauncheditsfirstproductwhichissimplycalledthe

Lytrolightfieldcameraanditdoesn'tlooklikeanycamera

we'veeverseenbefore.

ThefirstpicturestakenusingLytro'slightfieldtechnology

appearedonthewebafewmonthsbackandstirredupquite

alotofinterestinwhatkindofcamerathecompanycouldbe

workingon,asitallseemedalittlebittoogoodtobetrueand

thereweren'tawholelotofdetailstogoon.Nowthecompany

hasfinallylauncheditsfirstproductwhichissimplycalledthe

Lytrolightfieldcameraanditdoesn'tlooklikeanycamera

we'veeverseenbefore.

Ifanything,theLytrolightfieldcameralooksabitlikea

CCTVcameraintermsofdesign,albeitlikeasmallerdesigner

version.Therectangularbodyhousesalensatthefrontanda

comparativelytiny1.46-inchglasscoveredLCDtouchscreen

attheback.Itonlyhastwobuttons,powerandshutter,as

wellasasmalltouchsensitivesurfaceonthetopwhichis

usedforzoomingwiththelens.There'salsoamicroUSB

2.0porthiddenunderaflapatthebottom.There'sabuilt-in

rechargeablebattery,butthere'snomentionastohowmany

picturesit'sgoodfor.Oneveryquestionabledesigndecision

fromLytroisthefactthatthecompanydecidedtogowithbuilt

inmemoryandassuchyougettomakedowitheither8or

16GBofstoragespace.

prowessandsocialconnectivity,PlayStationVitaoffersan

experiencebeyondanythingavailableonthemarket.Features

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Thelenssports8xopticalzoomandappearstohave10or11

lenselements.Thef/2apertureisconstantacrosstheentire

zoomrangewhichisphotographicallyanimpressivefeature,

butitalsohelpsexplainwhythecamerais112mmlong,

althoughitonlymeasures41mmsquare.Behindthelensisthe

lightfieldsensorwhichsports”11Megarays”asthecompany

callsit,althoughtheydon'tseemtobetookeentosaywhat

thiscomparestointraditionalMegapixles.It'sprettyclear

thattheLytrocameradoesn'tshootsuperhighresolution

pictures,asinvariousvideosfromthelauncheventcompany

representativesaretalkingHDvideoresolutionandimages

withsidesof1080pixels.It'spossiblethatthisisalimitation

ofthetechnologyatthemomentandit'salsoworthnotingthat

thecameratakessquarepictures.

Despitethepeculiarcameradesignandsomewhat

disappointingspecifications,thetechnologybehindthe

picturesyoutakeismindblowing.Notonlycanyoure-focus

andzoomyourpicturesaftertakingthem,butyoucaneven

adjusttheparallaxoftheimages,somethingthathasnever

beenpossibletodobefore.Ontopofthatallthepictures

youtakewiththeLytrocameraare3Dcompatibleandthe

companyevenclaimsthatthepictureswillbecompatible

withfuturedisplaytechnologysuchasholographicdisplays

ifthey'reevermade.Assuchquitealotofdataissavedper

image,thecompanyreconseachimageisabout16MBinsize,

similartoRAWimagesoutofhigh-enddigitalcamerasor

DSLRs.Whatisn'tsogreat,atleastinitscurrentstate,isthat

youcan'tseemtogettheentireimageinfocusthewayyoucan

bystoppingdownatraditionalcameralens,buthopefullythis

issomethingthatwillbeaddedinthefuture.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

ThebadnewsisthatcurrentlytheLytrocameraonlycomes

withsoftwareforMac,althoughthecompanyhaspromised

todeliverWindowssoftwaresometimenextyear.Ontop

ofthatallimagesaresavedinaproprietarylfpfileformat

anditdoesn'tappeartobepossibletoexporttheimagesto

standardformatsifyou'dwantto.Thismakesitimpossible

toedittheimagesanditalsomakesthemfairlyuselessfor

anykindofprofessionaluse.Thatsaid,Lytroseemstobe

targetingtheconsumermarketwithitsfirstcameraasthe

companyisofferingafree,unlimitedimagehostingservice

thatwillallowthepicturestobesharedtovariousother

servicessuchasFacebookorTwitter.Itshouldalsobepointed

outthatthecompanyisonlytalkingaboutonlinesharingofthe

picturesandtherereallyseemstobelittleelseyoucandowith

them.Thisisagaindisappointingconsideringtheotherwise

impressivetechnology.

UnprintableContent(Video,Flash,etc.)

Withsomanyprosandconsyou'llhavetobeatruegadget

loveroranexperimentalphotographertoinvestinoneof

Lytro'scameras,astheydon'tcomecheap.The8GBmodels

willbeavailableinelectricblueandgraphiteforUS$399(S

$509)whitthe16GBredhotmodelwillbegoingforUS$499

(S$639).Wedon'twanttobeoverlypessimistichere,aswe

haven'tactuallyplayedwithoneofthecameras,butitfeelslike

Lytrohascreatedacamerawithverylimitedappealdespite

itsobvioustechnologicaladvantagesoveratraditionaldigital

camera.

Source:Lytro,forsomemoreexamplesofLytro'simages,

pleasecheckouttheirimage gallery

HPLaunchesnewe-All-in-One

Printers

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-launches-new-e-all-in-one-

printers/13780.html

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HewlettPackard(HP)haslaunchedanewseriesoflifestyle

connectedprintersthatthecompanypromiseswillenhance

andredefineusers'homeprintingexperience.Theyare

thestylishHPEnvy110e-All-in-OneprinterandtheHP

Photosmartfamilyofe-All-in-Oneprintersforconsumers.

Alle-All-in-OneprintersincorporateePrinttechnologythat

allowsthemtobecustomizedwithanemailaddress.Printing

canbeinitiatedbysimplysendingaphotoordocumenttothe

printerviaemailandpickinguptheprintedpageslater.In

addition,theprinterscomewithAirPrintandHPePrintHome

&BizsupportforappbasedprintingfromAndroid,iOSand

Symbian.

HPEnvy110e-All-in-One

TheHPEnvy110e-All-in-Oneprinterfeaturesasleekandslim

designinaclassywhiteandcreamcolor.Elegantlydesigned

toblendin,HPsaysthattheprinterwilleasilycomplement

anyroominthehouse.Whisper-quietprintingalsoensures

thatnoconversationsorTVprogramsareeverinterrupted

aroundthehouse.TheEnvy110comeswithcopy,scanand

duplexprintingcapabilities,USB2.0andWi-Fi(802.11b/g/n)

connectivity,aswellastheabilitytoreadmemorycardssuch

astheMemoryStickDuoandSecureDigital/MultimediaCard.

Finally,a3.45inchtouchscreenmakesitpossibletoaccess

awidearrayofHPprintAppsthatincludeFacebookPhotos

toprinterphotosdirectlyfromyourFacebookPhotoalbum,

toMyRecipes,whichisfilledwithrecipesfromvarious

magazines.

HPPhotosmarte-All-in-Oneprinters

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HPsaysthePhotosmartrangeofprintersallowshomeusersto

printlabqualityphotosathome.Accordingtoproductsheets

providedbyHP,theHPPhotosmart7510has5individualinks

systemthatallowsforthechangingspecificinksforgreater

savings.ThePhotosmart7510comeswithanautomatic

documentfeederthatcanholdupto25loosesheets,while

duplexprintingcapabilitieshelpsreducepaperwastage.Wi-

Fiisalsobuiltin,withalarge4.33-inchTouchSmartscreenfor

runningHPprintAppsandprintingofwebcontentwithout

theneedforaPC.

OtherprintersinthePhotosmartfamilyincludetheHP

Photosmart6510e-All-in-OneandtheHPPhotosmart5510e-

All-in-One.

TheHPEnvy110willbeavailableattherecommendedretail

priceof$440fromOctoberonwards.TheHPPhotosmart7510

willbeavailablefromNovemberatarecommendedretailprice

of$387,whilethePhotosmart6510andthePhotosmart5510

willbeavailablefor$307and$261respectively.

Buyer'sGuide:MSIN580GTX

LightningXtremeEdition3GB

-TheFastestSingleGPUfor

BF3?

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/buyer-s-guide-msi-n580gtx-lightning-

xtreme-edition-3gb--the-fastest-single-gpu-for-bf3-/13772.html

October20th,2011

Thereareplentyofreasonswhyanyonewouldonly

wantasinglegraphicscardintheirsystem-limited

spaceinSFFmotherboards/enclosures,powerconsumption

considerations,andinputlagorframeratestutteringwith

somemulti-GPUsetups.BeforeBattlefield3launches

officiallynextTuesday(25thOctober2011),wetakea

quicklookonwhethertheMSIN580GTXLightningXtreme

EditionisbestsingleGPUweaponforyouronlinebattlefield

domination.

Introduction

Earlierthismonth,thehighlyanticipatedBattlefield3

multiplayeropenbetaintroducedrevolutionarynewlevels

ofDirectX11graphicsqualityanddetailinthegame

environments,obsoletingmanyolderhardwareinthe

processandtriggeringamadrushtoupgradetohighergrades

ofgraphicscardsandCPUsinordertogetcomfortableand

consistentframerates.

AscoveredbyourBF3 system builder guide,wementioned

thatthegamedemandsatleasta3GHzQuadCoreprocessor

suchasIntel'sCorei5/i7andAMD'sPhenomII/FXBulldozer

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classofCPUstonotbebottleneckedbyit.Scalingthenumber

ofCPUcores/threads/modules,oroverclockingtheworking

frequencydidnotshowmuchnoticableimprovementbeyond

that.

ThingsweremoreexcitingontheGPUendthoughaswesaw

almostlinearFPSscalingwhenwevariedthenumberofcards,

shaders,clockspeedsandmemorybandwidth.GPUusagewas

wallingat99%-somethingwehaven'tseeningamesexcept

theoriginalCrysisandstresstestburners.Forexample,we

testedthatadualSLisetup(ultraimagequality)getalmost

90%moreFPS(~95fps)thanasinglecard(~50fps),atri-SLi

setupget170%more(~135fps),andaquadSLi250%more

(~175fps).We'llbetestingthisagainwhenthefinalretailgame

isreleased,withthelatestdrivers.

InsetofBox(withatransparentwindowtoseethecard)

Thereareplentyofreasonswhysomeendusersand

competitivegamerswouldwantonlyasingleGPUgraphics

card:

•Lackofspaceandcoolingcapacityincrampedsmallform

factorcases/motherboards

•PowerConsumptionofMultipleCards

•"GoodEnough"forlowerresolutions/imagequality

presets

•MouseInputLag,frameratejitterandmicrostuttering

causedbycertainbridgechipsimplementationsandthe

conceptofAFR(alternateframerendering)itselfwhich

isusedinbothSLiandCrossfire.

Today,we'llbedoingaquicklookontheMSIN580GTX

LightningXtremeEdition3GBthatwewillbeusinginsome

BackofBox

ofourupcomingBF3articles.Simplyput,thecardinhand

belongstothepinnacleofofftheshelfair-cooledgaming

graphicscards,barmulti-GPUbehemothsliketheNvidia

GTX590andtheAMDRadeon6990.AsthefinalBattlefield

3gameisnotreleasedyet,wewillbedoingsomemaxair

overclockingandrunningafewdemandingbenchmarksin

preparationforthemaineventnextweek..

ThePackaging

FrontofBox

Accessories(PCIe6to8pinconvertors,AnalogtoDVIdongle,

SLiBridges,InstallationCDandaUserGuide)

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YouTubelauncheslocalized

serviceinSingapore

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/youtube-launches-localized-service-in-

singapore/13779.html

October20th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Asia,WorldSportGroup,WarnerMusicGroup,Refinery

Media,andOak3.Thepartnersareestablishingastrong

presenceonYouTubetoeasilydistributetheircontentand

growtheiraudience.YouTubehasalsosecuredamasthead

advertisementontheSingaporehomepageforopening

dayfromlocaltelecommunicationoperator,SingTel.Atthe

launch,SingTelhasexpressedplanstolaunchanewYouTube

channelandseekstofindasuitablehostwhocouldwellbethe

nextsocialmediastaronyoutube.com.sg.

Thevideosharingsitehasalsosignedalicensingagreement

withComposers&AuthorsSocietyofSingapore(COMPASS)

thatallowmusicartiststoearnrevenueonYouTube.

Revenueisgeneratedwhenadvertisementsaredisplayed

againstYouTubepartner’svideos.Thismeansthatunderthe

agreement,Singaporeanauthorscanreceivepaymentsfrom

theirassociationswhenrightsholdersdistributethem.

ForXbox360owners,thecompanyhasalsoannouncedthat

YouTubeservicewillbeavailableonthegamingconsolein

Novembernextmonth.Whilenodetailsareout,itshould

comeintheformofanonlineupdate.Nowordastowhenthe

YouTubeservicewillbeavailableonothergameconsoleslike

SonyPS3though.

Today,YouTubeannouncedalocalizedserviceinSingapore,

www.youtube.com.sg,whichfeaturesalocalinterfacethat

allowsuserstosearchrelevantvideosquicklyandeasily;has

expandedcontentfromlocalandglobalpartners;andoffers

Singaporeanusersopportunitiestoincreasetheirexposure.

AccordingtoAdamSmith,directorofProductManagement

forYouTubeAsia-Pacific,withtoday'slaunch,YouTubewillbe

globalizedto35countriesaroundtheworld.

"Everyday,the35countriesgeneratecloseto3billionvideo

viewsontheYouTubeplatform,andthatfigureisa50%

increaseofthe2billionlastyear.Whatweseeisthatevery

singleminute,thereare48hoursofvideosuploaded.One

ofthetrendswearewatchingverycloselyishowYouTube

isexpandingfrombeingprimarilyadesktopservicetoone

thatisavailablewhereverpeopleare,withmobileplayingan

incrediblepart;wehaveover400millionviewsadayonthe

mobileplatform.Andthatisimportantoverhere,inAsia"said

Smith.

Theworld’smostpopularonlinevideosharingsite,YouTube,

hasmadeitsofficialdebutinSingapore.Singaporeanscannow

findtheirfavouritelocalcontenteasily,andsharethemacross

theglobe.AllyouneedtodoisgotoURLyoutube.com.sgor

selectthelocation"Singapore"atthebottomoftheYouTube

website.

Inconjunctionwiththislaunch,YouTubehasformed

partnershipagreementswithtopSingaporeanmedia

companiessuchasInteractiveSG,Valleyarm/MusicServices

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Admittedlywe'relateonreportingthis,butitseemslikethe

campoffourportUSB3.0hostcontrollermakersisgrowing

quicklyandaboutamonthagoFrescoLogicquietlyjoined

Renesas,TIandVLIwithitsownfourporthostcontroller.Its

latestproductistheFL1100anditgetsacoupleofadditional

featuresovertheFL1009

Admittedlywe'relateonreportingthis,butitseemslikethe

campoffourportUSB3.0hostcontrollermakersisgrowing

quicklyandaboutamonthagoFrescoLogicquietlyjoined

Renesas,TIandVLIwithitsownfourporthostcontroller.Its

latestproductistheFL1100anditgetsacoupleofadditional

featuresovertheFL1009.

FrescoLogicismakingabigdealabouttheFL1100featuring

new"hardware-basedmulti-stream,multi-threadedparallel

processingengines"whicharemeanttohelpdeliverfullUSB

3.0bandwidthtoeachofthefourports.Thechipitselfisfairly

bigcomparedtothecompetitionat9x9mm,Renesasrecently

launchedµPD720201measures8x8mmandhasnearlyhalf

thepincountat68vs119pintsfortheFL1100.

October20th,2011

Nikon1cameras,J1andV1,

arriveinSingapore

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/nikon-1-cameras-j1-and-v1-arrive-in-

singapore/13778.html

October20th,2011

Nikonsurprisedtheworldwhenthecompanyannounced

theirnewNikon1advancedmirrorlesscameraswith

interchangeablelenslastmonth-theJ1andV1.Well,

apparently,theNikon1camerashavejusthittheshelvesin

Singaporeandareretailingfromtoday.

AswiththeolderFL1009,theFL1100supportsxHCI1.0and

UASP.ItalsofeaturesFrescoLogic'sGoXtreamtechnology

whichthecompanyclaimsminimizeslatencyandhelps

protectreal-timedatastreamswhenotherdevicesarebeing

usedsimultaneously.What'snewissupportforhardware

basedlinkpowermanagementwhichisstillafairlynew

additiontoUSB3.0andit'snotafeaturealldevicesupports.

However,USB3.0devicesthatsupportLPMcangointosleep

statesiftherearelongperiodsofinactivity.

ThefinalnewadditionissupportforUSBbatterychargingand

theFL1100supportsrevision1.2ofthestandard.Apparently

there'salsoaspecialUSBchargingstandardforChinathat

isn'tquitethesameastheonepushedbytheUSB-IF,but

6

PleasenotethatNikonwillonlycarryingtheBlack,Pinkand

WhiteversionoftheNikon1J1atthispointintime.

FrescoLogicdoesfourports

ofUSB3.0goodness

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/fresco-logic-does-four-ports-of-

usb-3.0-goodness/13777.html

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theFL1100canapparentlyautodetectwhichstandardis

supportedbythedevicebeingchargedandautomatically

switchbetweenthetwostandards.Thereasonthisisneededis

becauseUSBdevicesthatsupportstheUSBchargingstandard

willsendahandshakethatinformsthehostcontrollerhow

muchpoweritwantsandifthisisn'tinitializedcorrectly,then

theUSBdevicewillonlyget500mA.

We'llhavetowaitandseeifanyofthemotherboard

manufacturerspicksuptheFL1100,butatthemomentitlooks

asifGigabyteisslowlymovingfromEtrontoFrescoLogic,at

leastonitshigh-endmotherboards.

InteltalksIntelligentSystems

atIEDSTaipei

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-talks-intelligent-systems-at-ieds-

taipei/13776.html

October20th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Weshouldalsotaketheopportunityheretoclearupa

misunderstandingherewithregardstoIntel'sDigitalHome

Group.AlthoughtheDHGhasbeenmergedwiththetablet

group,Inteldidn'tcommunicatewhatwasgoingoninaclear

manner.IntelhasindeedpulleditsAtomCE4000-seriesof

SoC'soutoftheretailproductmarketandassuchproductslike

GoogleTVandtheBoxeeboxwon'tbegettinganycompetitors

ontheretailshelf.However,IntelisactivelypursuingtheIPTV

andCableTVmarketspacewithitsCE4000-seriesofAtom

SoC's.

Mentionembeddedcomputingandmostpeopleeitherleaves

theroomorstartyawningandthisissomethingIntel

apparentlyhavepickedupon,asthecompanyasre-named

itsembeddedcomputingdivisiontoIntelIntelligentSystems.

WespentadayattheIntelEmbeddedDeveloperSummitin

Taipeiandfoundoutthatthecompanyisbusytryingtomake

embeddedcomputingsexy.

Mentionembeddedcomputingandmostpeopleeitherleaves

theroomorstartyawningandthisissomethingIntel

apparentlyhavepickedupon,asthecompanyasre-named

itsembeddedcomputingdivisiontoIntelIntelligentSystems.

WespentadayattheIntelEmbeddedDeveloperSummitin

Taipeiandfoundoutthatthecompanyisbusytryingtomake

embeddedcomputingsexy.

Whenmostofusthinkaboutembeddedcomputing,we

thinkaboutindustrialPC'sandantiquatedmotherboardsand

possiblyexpensive,yetoutdatedhardware.However,thisis

quicklychangingastheembeddedmarketisevolvingand

movingtowardsmoreadvancedsolutionsandwe'renow

seeingcuttingedgehardwareinmanyembeddedsystems.

IntelisofcoursepushingitsAtomprocessorsheavilyintothis

marketspace,asthey'relowpowerandcanoftenbeequipped

withpassivecooling.Thatsaid,thecompanyisalsobusy

pushingitsSandyBridgeprocessorsintothismarketspace

andtherewereafewdemosastheshowthatexplainedwhy.

Infact,IntelismakingabigpushintotheIPTVandCableTV

marketandisworkingcloselywithseveralserviceproviders

notonlyonthehardwaresidetocreatedevicesthatconsumers

won'tbeashamedtohaveintheirhomes,butalsoonthe

softwaresidetoallowthesettopboxmakerstobuildsoftware

platformsthatarefutureproof,upgradableandexpandable.

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SwedishtelecomcompanyEricssonwasonlocationatIEDS

aswellandthey'reoneofthebiggerplayersouttherewhen

itcomestodeliveringtheconnectivitybetweentheservice

providersandtheendusers.Ericssonwaskeentopointout

thatconsumer'swantseasytousehardwarewheretheydon't

havetositdownandreadmanualstoworkouthowtoget

themostoutoftheirsettopbox,buttheyalsowantalotof

functionallyandareinfactwillingtopayforit.Theydidn't

specificallypromoteIntel'ssolution,buthintedatthefactthat

offeringhardwarethatcanbeeasilyupgradedinsteadofusing

custommadesolutionsforeachgenerationofsettopboxes

wouldoverallofferabettercustomerexperience.

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Otherproductsondisplayincludedaratherniftypatient

hospitalall-in-onePCwhichdoubledupasaTV,astreaming

videoplayer,mealorderingsystem,phoneandmaybemost

importantly,ameansforthedoctortoeasilyaccessthe

patientsrecords.Someotherratherpeculiarproductson

displayincludedasettopboxfromTatungwithIntelWiDi,

i.e.videostreamingoverWi-FitotheTV.We'renotsure

howmuchsensethismakes,unlessit'spossibletostream

toanotherroom.Therewasalsoacompanyshowingoffan

Atompoweredcar"stereo"whichwillofcoursehandlevideo

playback,navigationandawiderangeofotherthingssuchas

optionalinternetaccessandwhatnot.

Notonlysettopboxeswereondisplayofcourse,Intelalso

hadseveralotherpartnerdemosandsomeofitsown.One

thatcaughtoureyewasanaugmentedrealitydemothatwas

donetogetherwithLego.AlthoughIntelandLegohasshown

offsimilardemosbefore,theoneswe'veseenonYouTubein

thepasthavebeenofsimplerLegotoys,whilethedemoat

IEDSconsistedofacoupleofLegoTechnicsproductswhere

youcouldactuallyinteractwiththedemoandoneoftheLego

kitscouldshowatleasttwodifferenttrucksyoucouldbuild

outofthekit.

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FinallyaratherunusualproductwasondisplaybyaMalaysian

companycalledPradotec,anAtomZ510poweredportable

ePassportterminal.TheHPT600asit'sknownasisaoneofa

kindproductsofarthathasbeendesignedforbordercontrols

aroundtheworldanditallowspassportstobeeasilyscanned

withouttheneedofalargerPC.Italsosportsawiderangeof

wirelessandwiredconnectivityoptions,a5-inchLCDscreen,

aGPSunit,USB2.0ports,akeyboardandevenanoptional

fingerprintscanner.

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Awiderangeofothermoretraditionalembeddedcomputing

productswerealsoondisplay,butwewantedtoshowoffa

fewthatweremoreinlinewithIntel'snewIntelligentSystems

name.Infact,Intelisexpectingtheretobearound15billion

“intelligentconnecteddevices”outthereby2015,whichis

computersthatcansomehowinteractwitheachotherwithout

anyneedforuserinput.These15billiondevicesareexpected

tocreate35trilliongigabytesofdataby2020andthisdoesn't

eventakeushumansintoaccount.Embeddedcomputingis

changingandalthoughitstillhasalongwaytogobeforeit

becomeswhatwe'dcallsexytechnologythatpeoplecareabout,

moreandmoreofusarelikelytoendupwithsomeembedded

technologyinourhomessoonerorlater,ifwedon'talready

havesome.

MSIX79A-GD658D

MotherboardPictured

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-x79a-gd65-8d-motherboard-

pictured/13775.html

October20th,2011

HerearesomeofthefirstpicturesofMSIX79A-GD65

8D,thecompany'ssecond-to-bestsocketLGA2011offering,

whichwillfeatureinthefirstwaveofSandyBridge-E

compatiblemotherboards.Themarker"8D"bringsbacksome

oldmemories.Itliterallystandsfor"eightDIMMs",and

wasfirstusedontheP45-8D"MemoryLover",aboardthat

featuredfoureachofDDR3andDDR2slots.OntheX79A-

GD658D,however,itreferstotwoDDR3DIMMsperchannel,

totakeadvantageofthequad-channelIMCofSandyBridge-

E.Let'sputthisoneunderthelookingglass.

HerearesomeofthefirstpicturesofMSIX79A-GD65

8D,thecompany'ssecond-to-bestsocketLGA2011offering,

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whichwillfeatureinthefirstwaveofSandyBridge-E

compatiblemotherboards.Themarker"8D"bringsbacksome

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optionsincludesfoureachofSATA6Gb/sandSATA3Gb/s.

TherearenoeSATAports.

oldmemories.Itliterallystandsfor"eightDIMMs",and

wasfirstusedontheP45-8D"MemoryLover",aboardthat

featuredfoureachofDDR3andDDR2slots.OntheX79A-

GD658D,however,itreferstotwoDDR3DIMMsperchannel,

totakeadvantageofthequad-channelIMCofSandyBridge-

E.Let'sputthisoneunderthelookingglass.

Connectivityoptionsarefairlystandard.There's8+2channel

HDaudiowithopticalandcoaxialSPDIFoutputs,onegigabit

Ethernetconnection,FireWire,andfourUSB3.0ports(two

ontherearpanel,twobyinternalheader),afewUSB2.0ports,

andthePS/2comboconnector.

Theboardsupports4-waySLIandCrossFireX,andquitea

fewoverclockingoptionspackedintotheUEFIconfiguration

utility.ThereareMSIexclusivessuchasOCGenieII.

TheMSIX79A-GD658DisasocketLGA2011HEDT(high-

enddesktop)platformofferingbyMSI,basedontheIntel

X79chipset.Thelandscapephotographshowsjusthowthe

boardisburstingwithfeatures.TheLOTES-madeLGA2011

socketispoweredbywhatappearstobea5+2phaseVRM

configuration,whichmakesuseofsolid-statecholesand

POSCAPcapacitors.DIMMslotsarearrangedintwosetsof

fourslots,oneithersidesofthesocket.Eachofthetwosets

haswiringfortwoofthefourDDR3memorychannelsofthe

SandyBridge-Eprocessor.Thememoryispoweredbya4-

SamsungandGoogle

unveilsGALAXYNexus,first

AndroidIceCreamSandwich

smartphone

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-and-google-unveils-galaxy-

nexus-first-android-ice-cream-sandwich-smartphone/13774.html

October20th,2011

phaseVRM.

ThewaitfortheGoogleAndroidIceCreamSandwich

platformisfinallyover.Today,SamsungandGooglehave

jointlyannouncedtheGALAXYNexus,whichclaimstobe

thefirstsmartphonerunningtheAndroid4.0IceCream

Sandwichmobileoperatingsystem.

ExpansionslotsincludefivePCI-Expressx16,ofwhichtwo

arePCI-Express3.0x16capable,fourarePCI-Express3.0x8

capable(dependsonthewaythey'repopulated),andoneis

PCI-Express2.0x4capable(wiredtotheX79PCH).APCI-

Express2.0x1makesitselfcomfortableinthemiddle.Storage

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850/900/1800/1900,*LTE

versionwillbeavailable

dependingontheregion.

1.2GHzDualCoreProcessor

4.65-inch1280X720HD

SuperAMOLED

AndroidIceCreamSandwich

Main(Rear):5MPAFwith

LEDFlashwithzeroshutter

lagandfastshot2shot;Sub

(Front):1.3MPforVideoCall

Codec:MPEG4/H.263/

H.264,Playback:

1080p@30fpsRecording:

1080pFullHDVideo@30fps

Codec:MP3/AAC/AAC+/

Processor

Display

OS

Camera

Video

Audio

eAAC+,3.5mmEarJack

AndroidMarket,Gmail,

GoogleEarth,YouTube,

MovieStudioGoogleMaps

5.0with3Dmapsandturn-

by-turnnavigationSyncing

withGoogleCalendar,Google

+app

Bluetoothtechnologyv3.0,

USB2.0,Wi-Fi802.11a/b/g/

n(2.4GHz/5GHz),NFC

Accelerometer,Compass,

Gyro,Light,Proximity,

Barometer

1GB(RAM)+16GB/32GB

Internalmemory

135.5x67.94x8.94mm,135g

Standardbattery,Li-on1,750

mAh

SamsungandGoogletodayannouncedGALAXYNexus,the

world’sfirstsmartphonerunningAndroid4.0,IceCream

Sandwich;thelatestreleaseoftheAndroidplatform.The

GALAXYNexussportsa4.65-inchhighdefinitionSuper

AMOLEDdisplaythatsupports720presolutionandis

poweredbya1.2GHzdualcoreprocessor.

Android4.0IceCreamSandwichbringsanentirelynew

lookandfeel,witharedesigneduserinterface.Italsooffers

improvedmulti-tasking,notifications,Wi-Fihotspot,NFC

supportandfullwebbrowsingexperience.TheSamsung

GALAXYNexusfeaturessoftwarenavigationbuttons,whichis

afirstforAndroidsmartphones.Thelockscreen,homescreen,

phoneapp,andeverythinginbetweenhasbeenrethoughtand

redesignedtomakeAndroidsimple,beautiful,anduseful.

IceCreamSandwichalsofeaturesanewPeopleapp,whichlets

you,browsefriends,family,andcoworkers,seetheirphotos

inhigh-resolution,andchecktheirlateststatusupdatesfrom

Google+andothersocialnetworks.GALAXYNexusfeatures

acamerawhichcanshootpanoramapictures,do1080pHD

GoogleMobileServices

Connectivity

Sensor

Memory

Size

Battery

videocapture,haszero-shutterlag,andoffersvariouspicture

effectslikesillyfacesandbackgroundreplacement.Ontopof

that,Android4.0IceCreamSandwichalsooffersFaceUnlock

whichusesfacialrecognitiontounlockyourphone,andNFC

technologythatletsyousharewebpages,apps,andYouTube

videoswithyourfriendsbysimplytappingyourphones

together.TheSamsungGALAXYNexusalsosupportsLTEand

HSPA+connectivityforhigh-speedwebbrowsingwherever

youare.

TheSamsungGALAXYNexuswillbeavailableintheU.S.,

Europe,andAsiabeginninginNovemberandgraduallyrolled

outtootherglobalmarkets.

Gigabyteteasesnearfinal

G1.Assasin2X79motherboard

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-teases-near-final-g1.assasin-2-

x79-motherboard/13773.html

October20th,2011

WealreadygotasneakpeekattheGigabyteG1.Assassin2X79

motherboardalongwithGigabyte'sotherX79boardsfrom

IDF,butnowthecompanyisshowingoffteaserpicturesof

whatshouldbenearafinalproductonitsFacebookpage.

Nothingmuchappearstohavechangedintermsoftheboard

layout,althoughseveralSATAportsaremissingthanksto

Intel'sX79chipsetsnafu.

Network

HSPA+21Mbps/

HSUPA5.76Mbps,

850/900/1900/1700/2100

EDGE/GPRS;

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Wealreadygotasneak peekattheGigabyteG1.Assassin2X79

motherboardalongwithGigabyte'sotherX79boardsfrom

IDF,butnowthecompanyisshowingoffteaserpicturesof

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bythetimetheboardlaunches,whichshouldbeinlessthana

months'time,althoughwe'llhopefullybeabletogetapreview

oftheboardbeforethen.

whatshouldbenearafinalproductonitsFacebookpage.

Nothingmuchappearstohavechangedintermsoftheboard

layout,althoughseveralSATAportsaremissingthanksto

Intel'sX79chipsetsnafu.

Polycomgoesmobilewith

releaseofRealPresence

MobileforTablets

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/polycom-goes-mobile-with-release-of-

realpresence-mobile-for-tablets/13771.html

October20th,2011

UnifiedcommunicationsproviderPolycomhasannounced

thegeneralavailabilityofPolycomRealPresenceMobile,

ahigh-definitionvideosoftwaresolutionfortablets.

Designedtoworkwiththecompany'sRealPresencePlatform,

RealPresenceMobilepromisestobringcollaboration

technologybeyondtheconfinesofofficeandconferenceroom.

ThebignewsisthatGigabytehasoverhauledthechipset

heatsinkstosomethingmoreakintoitspreviousG1boards,

althoughwe'relookingatanentirelynewheatsinkdesign.The

VRMcoolerappearstohaveamachinegunbarreltypedesign,

whereastheX79chipsetitselfiscoveredbyahandgunwith

aberetcarryinggoldskullwithaknifeinitsmouth.Maybe

nottoeveryone'staste,butatleasttheheatsinksareuniquein

theirownright.

Essentially,businessesthatdeploythePolycomRealPresence

PlatformwillnowbeabletouseatabletsuchastheApple

iPad2tocollaborateface-to-facewiththeircolleagues.These

colleaguescouldbejoiningviaothertabletsdevices,desktops,

laptops,orevenimmersivevideoroomsystems.

OtherthantheiPad2,supportforAndroid3.0devicessuchas

theMotorolaXOOMandSamsungGALAXYTab10.1arealso

mentioned.TheRealPresenceMobilesoftwareapplication

canbedownloadedforfreeasoflastweekfromtheAppleApp

StoreandAndroidMarket.

ThecompanysaysdeliveringPolycomvideotomobile

platformsisakeycomponentofitsrecentlyannounced

software strategytobringsecurehighdefinition(HD)video

collaborationtothebroadestrangeofbusiness,video,mobile,

andsocialnetworkingapplications.

"RealPresenceMobileisasignificantsteptowardachieving

ourvisiontomakeitpossibleformillionsofpeopletousevideo

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ItlooksasiftheboardwillgetatotalofeightSATAports,with

aMarvellcontrolleraddingtwoSATA6Gbpsportstothetwo

SATA6GbpsportandfourSATA3Gbpsportsprovidedbythe

chipset.AswementionedbackatourIDFpreview,itappears

thattheG1.Assasin2issportingUSB3.0hostcontrollersfrom

FrescoLogic,althoughthenewpicturesdon'taddanymore

claritytothis.We'llseeifanyotherchangeshavebeenmade

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collaborationastheirpreferredmethodofcommunicating-

easily,reliably,andsecurely-nomatterwhatnetwork,carrier,

protocol,application,ordevicetheyuse,"saidAndyMiller,

presidentandCEOofPolycom.

AccordingtoPolycom,RealPresenceMobilesupportsfirewall

traversalandvirtualprivatenetworkclients,bothofwhich

areimportantcapabilitiesforthetravellingexecutive.

RealPresenceMobiledeliverssupportforupto75,000

devicesand25,000concurrentsessions,andalsooffers

universalbridgingtosupportbothon-premisesandcloud-

baseddelivery.

ThePolycomRealPresencePlatformisavailablethrough

Polycom'scertifiedchannelpartners.Moreinformationabout

RealPresenceMobileortheRealPresencePlatformcanbe

obtainedatwww.polycom.asia.

AsusteasestheEeePad

Transformer2tablet

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-teases-the-eee-pad-

transformer-2-tablet/13770.html

October20th,2011

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camerawithasingleLEDflashwhichcanalsobeseeninthe

video.We'llsimplyhavetowaitformoredetailsonthenew

EeePadTransformer2beforewecansaywithacertaintywhat

itwillcomewithornot,butwe'dexpectthatAsuswillcontinue

tothrowteasersatusaheadofthelaunchwhichisexpectedto

takeplacesometimebetweennowandtheendofNovember.

NokiaintroducesNFC

servicesforbusinessesand

consumersinSingapore

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-introduces-nfc-services-for-

businesses-and-consumers-in-singapore/13767.html

October20th,2011

Today,NokiaSingaporeshowcasedtheirnewsmartphones,

Nokia700,Nokia701andNokia603,basedontheSymbian

Belleplatform.Inaddition,thecompanyalsointroduced

NearFieldCommunication(NFC)servicesforbusinessesand

consumers.

Inashort22secondvideopostedonYouTube,Asus

hasrevealedthefirstglimpseofitsupcomingEeePad

Transformer2tabletwhichisrumouredtobepoweredby

Nvidia'supcomingquadcoreTegra3SoC.Thevideodoesn't

reallygiveawaymuchintermsofdetailsandasateaseritsure

hasourinterestedpiqued.

Inashort22secondvideopostedonYouTube,Asus

hasrevealedthefirstglimpseofitsupcomingEeePad

Transformer2tabletwhichisrumouredtobepoweredby

Nvidia'supcomingquadcoreTegra3SoC.Thevideodoesn't

reallygiveawaymuchintermsofdetailsandasateaseritsure

hasourinterestedpiqued.

Whatyoucantellfromthefewshortglimpsesofthetablet

itselfisthatAsushasbeenhardatworktocreatesomethinga

lotmoreprofessionallookingthatitsfirstTransformertablet,

astheTransformer2hasabrushedmetalfinishwhichin

thevideoappearstobeapinkishpurple,althoughwehavea

feelingthatthisisn'ttheactualcolourofthetablet.Thenew

finishisn'ttheonlychangethoughasitappearsthatwe're

lookingatamuchthinnertabletthistimearoundwithstyling

similartothatofAsus'recentlylaunchedZenbooks.

Thekeyboarddockisofcoursemakingareturnandittoo

appearstohavebeengivenafewtweakstogobetterwiththe

redesignedtabletpart.Theonlyconnectivityoptionweknow

forsureispresentisasingleUSB2.0portwhichisseenin

Today,NokiaSingaporeheldaeventtoannouncetheir

SymbianBellesmartphones-Nokia700,Nokia701andNokia

603.TheNokia700and701areavailablenow,whilethe

Nokia603willbeavailablenextmonth.Allthreephones

alsofeatureNearFieldCommunication(NFC)technologythat

allowsuserstopairwithNFC-enabledmobileaccessories

suchasspeakers,Bluetoothheadphonesandheadsets;share

contentbetweendevices,simplybytappingthem.

ThecompanyalsoannouncedthelaunchofthenewNFCHub

inSingapore,whichallowbusinessestoadoptNFCtechnology

inofferinginnovativeservicesincludingorderingofNFCtags

andposterstocreatecustomNFCcampaigns-socialmedia

engagementonFacebook,Twitteretc;sendingbusinesscards,

openingapre-definedweb-page,launchapplication,sending

textmessageetc.AccordingtoNokia,itcostsonlyS$5for

thevideo.Thetabletitselfappearstohavebeengivenanew

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eachNFCtagwhichincludetheprogramminganddesignof

thecollaterals.

NokiahaspartneredComfortDelGrotoofferNFC-enabled

optionfortheFastCallautomatedtaxibookingservices,which

isavailableatover400locationsinSingapore.TheNFC-

enabledserviceallowsusertotaphisorherphoneandsms

foracabatthelocation.Theservicesimplyinitiatesthetaxi

bookingviaSMStoFastCall,andaSMSconfirmationwillbe

senttothephone.NotethatinorderforanyNFCserviceto

work,userneedtounlocktheirphoneandchoosetoallowthe

NFC-serviceinitiation.SMRTandNationalHeritageBoard

havealsoparticipatedintherollingoutofNFCservices.Ifyou

areatBrasBasahMRTstation,lookoutfortheiMobSMRT

posterswiththe"Taphere,NFC"logos;youmayalsofindthese

NFC-enabledpostersaroundBrasBasahandBugisarea.

Intelreportsrecordfinancials

forQ32011

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-reports-record-financials-for-

q3-2011/13768.html

October20th,2011

IntelhasreportedyetanotherrecordquarterforQ3,with

revenuesof$14.3billionandnetincomeof$3.5billion,

up29%and24%versusQ32010,respectively.Therecord

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financialsweredrivenlargelybystronggrowthinnotebook

andDataCenter(andcloudcomputing)segments.

IntelhasreportedyetanotherrecordquarterforQ3,with

revenuesof$14.3billionandnetincomeof$3.5billion,

up29%and24%versusQ32010,respectively.Therecord

financialsweredrivenlargelybystronggrowthinnotebook

andDataCenter(andcloudcomputing)segments.

Comparedtothepreviousrecord,Q22011,revenueswere

boosted9%andnetincome15%forQ3.Theonlyblemish

wastheAtomdivision,down32%versusQ32010,dueto

strongcompetitiomfromAMD'ssuperiorC-SeriesandE-

SeriesAPUs.

LookingtoQ42011,Intelexpectsthejuggernauttorollon

withanotherrecordquarter.Revenueof$14.7billionplusor

minus$0.5billionisforecasted,andcouldseeIntelachieving

quarterlyrevenueof$15billionforthefirsttime.

AMDRadeonHD7000GPUs

listedinleakeddriver

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-radeon-hd-7000-gpus-listed-in-

leaked-driver/13766.html

October20th,2011

AMDCatalystdriver8.91,presumablypreviewfor11.11,has

leakedontheinternet,containingreferencestoAMD'snext-

genRadeonHD7000family.Inadditiontopreviouslyleaked

codenames,the8.91driveralsolistsfinalbranding,ranging

fromRadeonHD7300toRadeonHD7600series.

AMDCatalystdriver8.91,presumablypreviewfor11.11,has

leakedontheinternet,containingreferencestoAMD'snext-

genRadeonHD7000family.Inadditiontopreviouslyleaked

codenames,the8.91driveralsolistsfinalbranding,ranging

fromRadeonHD7300toRadeonHD7600series.

Therelevantnamesarelistedasfollows:

AMD6778.1="AMDRadeonHD7000series"

AMD68FA.1="AMDRadeonHD7300Series"

AMD6850.1="AMDRadeonHD7400Series"

AMD6858.1="AMDRadeonHD7400Series"

AMD6859.1="AMDRadeonHD7400Series"

AMD677B.1="AMDRadeonHD7400Series"

AMD6772.1="AMDRadeonHD7400ASeries"

AMD675D.1="AMDRadeonHD7500Series"

AMD6742.1="AMDRadeonHD7500/7600Series"

AMD6841.7="AMDRadeonHD7500M/7600MSeries"

AMD675B.1="AMDRadeonHD7600Series"

AMD6751.1="AMDRadeonHD7600ASeries"

AMD6840.7="AMDRadeonHD7600MSeries"

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AMD683B.1="CAPEVERDEPRO"

AMD683F.1="CAPEVERDEPRO"

AMD6839.1="CAPEVERDEXT"

AMD683D.1="CAPEVERDEXT"

AMD6838.1="CAPEVERDEXTX"

AMD682F.1="CHELSEAPRO"

AMD6824.1="CHELSEAXT"

AMD682D.1="CHELSEAXT"

AMD6831.1="GREATWALL"

AMD6821.1="HEATHROWPRO"

AMD6827.1="HEATHROWPRO"

AMD6820.1="HEATHROWXT"

AMD6825.1="HEATHROWXT"

AMD6819.1="PITCAIRNPRO"

AMD6818.1="PITCAIRNXT"

AMD6799.1="SINEWZEALAND"

AMD679A.1="SITAHITIPRO"

AMD6798.1="SITAHITIXT"

AMD6830.1="SUMMERPALACEXT"

AMD9901.1="TRINITYDEVASTATORDESKTOP"

AMD9904.1="TRINITYDEVASTATORLITEDESKTOP"

AMD9903.2="TRINITYDEVASTATORLITEMOBILE"

AMD9900.2="TRINITYDEVASTATORMOBILE"

AMD9991.1="TRINITYSCRAPPERDESKTOP"

AMD9990.2="TRINITYSCRAPPERMOBILE"

AMD6800.1="WIMBLEDONXT"

Rightoffthebat,thereareastringofRadeonHD7000,

containingRadeonHD7300,7400,7500,and7600Series.

Fornotebooks,HD7500MandHD7600Marelisted.Also

mentionedareHD7400AandHD7600ASeriesforAll-in-one

PCs.

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quad-corepartsarecodenamesDevastator,inbothmobile

anddesktopvariants.DevastatorwillbepartofA8while

DevastatorLitewillbeintegratedinA6APUs,withsomeunits

disabled,liketheLlanoA6APUs.Thedual-coreTrinitywill

mostlikelyfeatureascaleddownGPU,codenamedScrapper.

DevastatorandScrapperfitinwellwiththePiledriverCPU

coresinTrinity,atleastlinguistically.

Judgingbytheconcretebrandings,whichonlygoupto

HD7600,itappearsAMDisfollowingasimilarstrategyto

NVIDIA-releasingmainstreampartsbeforeperformance/

enthusiastGPUs.Moreover,AMD'sdemonstrationshaveall

beenmainstreamnotebookGPUs.ThedieAMDrecently

showedoffisalsobelievedtobeamid-sizedmainstreamGPU.

ThisstrategymakessenseforbothAMDandNVIDIAasit

allowstolearntheunfamiliar28nmprocessbeforedelving

intocomplicatedlargedieperformanceGPUs.

ThefirstAMDRadeonHD7000GPUsareexpected to release

in December,whileNVIDIA is aiming for Q1 2012.

The8.91driverisavailableonvarioustechforumsroundthe

internet.

ResearchInMotionUnveils

BlackBerryBBX

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/research-in-motion-unveils-blackberry-

bbx/13765.html

October20th,2011

AttheBlackBerryDevConAmericas2011,ResearchinMotion

announcedthenextgenerationmobileplatform,theBBX.

Ontopofthat,thecompanyalsoannouncedaseriesof

developertoolupdates,includingWebWorksforBlackBerry

smartphonesandtablets.

Inaddition,severalcodenameshavebeenrevealed.Most

codenames,suchasHeathrow,Chelsea,Thames,New

Zealand,andWimbledon(mobileGPUs)andTahiti,New

ZealandandCapeVerde(desktopGPUs)havebeenrevealed

before.Wehavetwonewcodenamesleakedwiththisdriver

-SummerPalaceandGreatWall.UnlikethemobileGPU

codenameswhicharelocalesinLondonanddesktopGPUs

whichreferislands;thesetwocodenamesrefertomonuments

inChina.NewZealandandTahitinowcontaintheprefix"SI"

orSouthernIslands.

AttheBlackBerryDevConAmericas2011,ResearchInMotion

(RIM)announcedtheBlackBerryBBX,thenextgeneration

mobileplatformthattakesthebestoftheBlackBerryplatform

andtheQNXplatformtoconnectpeople,devices,content

andservices.Thecompanyalsoannouncedaseriesof

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Finally,ahostofintegratedgraphicscodenamesforTrinity

APUsarealsoconfirmed.WeknowthatTrinitywillbe

availableintwoforms-quadanddualcore,overthree

segments,presumablyA8,A6andA4.Likewise,theGPUin

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developertoolupdates,includingWebWorksforBlackBerry

smartphonesandtablets,theNativeSDKfortheBlackBerry

PlayBookandadeveloperbetaofBlackBerryPlayBookOS2.0

withsupportforrunningAndroidapplications.

BlackBerryBBX

TheBBXplatformincludeBBX-OS,andwillsupport

BlackBerrycloudservicesanddevelopmentenvironmentsfor

bothHTML5andnativedevelopers.BBXwillalsosupport

applicationsdevelopedusinganyofthetoolsavailabletoday

fortheBlackBerryPlayBook–includingNativeSDK,Adobe

AIR/FlashandWebWorks/HTML5,aswellastheBlackBerry

RuntimeforAndroidApps–onfutureBBX-basedtabletsand

smartphones.ItwillalsoincludethenewBlackBerryCascades

UIFrameworkforadvancedgraphics,andbring"SuperApp"

capabilitiestoenablemanyadvancedcapabilitiesincluding

deepintegrationbetweenapps,always-onPushservices,the

BBMSocialPlatform,andmore.

BlackBerryWebWorks

Developerswhowanttosupportexistingsmartphones

runningBlackBerry6andBlackBerry7OS,andBlackBerry

PlayBooktabletscanmonetizeappsonbothplatformswith

BlackBerryWebWorks.BlackBerryWebWorkssupportsapps

builtonHTML5,CSSandJavaScriptandthelatest

release,BlackBerryWebWorksSDK2.2whichsupportboth

smartphonesandtablets,isnowavailableandincludes

updatesforthenewPlayBookOSSDK,PlayBookSimulator

andmore.

TheBlackBerryWebWorksAPIsaresupportedbythe

RippleEmulator,astandalone,high-fidelitybrowser-like

emulationtoolthatallowsdeveloperstotestanddebug

theirapplicationsonmultipleplatformsanddeviceswithout

havingtocompileorlaunchsimulators.Startingtoday

theRippleEmulatorisavailableinbetaandcanalsobe

downloadedfromRIM’sWebWorksDevelopersiteat:http://

developer.blackberry.com/html5

AdobeAIR3.0Support

AdobeFlashallowsdeveloperstoproducestunning,high

functionalapplicationsfortheBlackBerryPlayBookthatcan

integratewiththeunderlyingOSandthataresupportedon

futureBBX-basedtabletsandsmartphones.

PlayBookOS2.0–DeveloperBeta

RIMhasalsounveiledtheDeveloperBetaversionofthe

BlackBerryPlayBookOS2.0whichincludestheBlackBerry

RuntimeforAndroidAppsandtheBlackBerryPlug-Infor

AndroidDevelopmentTools(ADT).TheBlackBerryPlug-In

forADT(anEclipseplug-in)extendsadeveloper'sexisting

EclipseAndroiddevelopmentenvironmenttosupportthe

PlayBook,andincludestheBlackBerryPlayBookSimulator

fordeveloperstotestanddebugtheirappsbeforesubmitting

themtoBlackBerryAppWorld.

AndroiddeveloperscanalsorepackageAndroidappsforthe

BlackBerryPlayBookonlinebyusingtheBlackBerryPackager

forAndroidApps.Thewebtoolguidesdevelopersthrough

astep-by-stepprocess,allowingthemtotesttheirappsfor

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compatibilitywiththePlayBook,andrepackageandsigntheir

appsforsubmissiontoBlackBerryAppWorld,allwithout

downloadinganytools.BlackBerryRuntimeforAndroidApps

andtheassociatedtoolsallowAndroiddeveloperstoeasily

expandtheirmarkettoincludeBlackBerryPlayBookusers,

andhenceincreasetheirapps’marketpotential.

TheBlackBerryPlayBookOS2.0-DeveloperBetaalso

supportsAdobeAir3.0andAdobeFlash11,aswellasWebGL,

anewwebtechnologythatbringshardware-accelerated3D

graphicstothebrowserwithoutinstallingadditionalsoftware.

Developerswillbeabletogeneraterich,interactive3D

graphicswithintheirBlackBerryWebWorksapplication.

FormoreinformationabouttheBlackBerryPlayBookOS2.0

-DeveloperBetaandBlackBerryRuntimeforAndroidApps

andassociatedtools,visitFormoreinformationaboutthe

BlackBerryPlayBookOS2.0-DeveloperBetaandBlackBerry

RuntimeforAndroidAppsandassociatedtools,visit:https://

bdsc.webapps.blackberry.com/android/bpaa/

TheSamsungGalaxyNexus

leaksaheadoflaunch

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-samsung-galaxy-nexus-leaks-

ahead-of-launch/13764.html

October20th,2011

Bynow,SamsungandGooglecan'tbetoohappywithJapanese

NTTDoCoMo,asthecompanyhasleakedtheverysoonto

launchGalaxyNexusflagshipphonethatwillbethefirst

IceCreamSandwich/Android4.0handset.Thespecsshould

becorrectthistimearound,althoughwe'llwaitforthe

announcementataround10-ishtodaylocalSingaporeantime

toseewhatiswhat.

Bynow,SamsungandGooglecan'tbetoohappywithJapanese

NTTDoCoMo,asthecompanyhasleakedtheverysoonto

launchGalaxyNexusflagshipphonethatwillbethefirst

IceCreamSandwich/Android4.0handset.Thespecsshould

becorrectthistimearound,althoughwe'llwaitforthe

announcementataround10-ishtodaylocalSingaporeantime

toseewhatiswhat.

Theleakeddetailsareliningupquitewellwithsomeofthe

earlier leaksandwe'reapparentlylookingforwardtoahandset

witha4.65-inchSuperAMOLEDdisplaywitharesolutionof

1280x720pixelsandofcoursethatcurvedglasssurface.The

processorwillapparentlyintheendbetheTIOMAP4460dual

coreCortex-A9basedSoCwhichwillbeclockedat1.2GHz.

Thisalsomeansthatwe'llseePowerVRSGX540graphics,

whichisabitofashame,butatleastthegraphicscoreis

clockedhigherthanfortheOMAP4430whichisfittedtothe

justannouncedMotorolaRAZR.

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Otherfeaturesinclude1GBofRAM,32GBofstorage

memory,802.11a/b/g/nWi-Fi,Bluetooth3.0,A-GPS,aG

sensor,adigitalcompass,variousothersensors,NFCand

astillunknowncamerathatcancapture1080pHDvideo.

TheGalaxyNexusweighsinat135gandshouldmeasure

126x68x8.8mm(11.5mmatitsthickestpart).It'ssaidtocome

witha1,750mAhbatteryanditwillsupportatleast14.4Mbps

HSDPAand5.7MbpsHSUPA,butfasterspeedsmightbe

availableonothernetworksthanNTTDoCoMo.

Sometentativebenchmarkshavealsoappearedoverat

GLBenchmarksuggestingthatthePowerVRSGX540GPUcan

render40.6fpsintheoffscreenrenderingtestat720p.This

comparesquitebadlywiththeGalaxySIIwhichmanages

67.1fpsinthesametest,althoughit'sonpairwithother

SGX540implementationsandNvidia'sTegra2.Lookingatthe

other720poffscreentestwhichiscalledEgypttheGalaxy

Nexuswillapparentlyhit29.3fps,againapoorshowagainst

theGalaxySIIwhichmanages42.5fpsinthesametest,butat

leastthistimearoundit'sabout4fpsfasterthanotherSGX540

basedSoC'sandsome8-9fpsthanNvidia'sTegra2.

XebecTechitouchpad

diamondkeyboardreview

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/xebec-tech-itouchpad-diamond-

keyboard-review/13763.html

Publishedby:VR-Zone

October20th,2011

XebecTechisarelativelynewcomputercomponent

manufactureranddesigner,withofficesintheUK,China

andTaiwan.Thecompany,forthetimebeing,focusestheir

productsline-uponcomputerperipheralsonlyandespecially

inputdevices.Todaywearegoingtohavealookatoneoftheir

mostinnovativekeyboards,theitouchpaddiamondwireless

keyboard.

XebecTechisarelativelynewcomputercomponent

manufactureranddesigner,withofficesintheUK,China

andTaiwan.Thecompany,forthetimebeing,focusestheir

productsline-uponcomputerperipheralsonlyandespecially

inputdevices.Todaywearegoingtohavealookatoneoftheir

mostinnovativekeyboards,theitouchpaddiamondwireless

keyboard.

•Keycount:89

•Construction:Soft-Touch-Membranetechnology

•Batterytype:2×AAA1.5V(included)

•Plugnplay

•Re-chargeable

•Fullfunctionalityofafull-sizelayoutkeyboarddueto

builtinnumerickeypadand12functionkeys

•Tiltfeetforadjustmentofthetiltangleforanabsolute

skid-proofandergonomicoperation

•BlueLEDindicatingpairing,transmittingandlow

battery

•PowerOn/Offswitchtosavebattery

•OptimalforDigitalLivingRooms(HTPC)aswellasfor

training,conference&presentationroomsetc.

•Dimensions:307.2mmx24.8mmx203.1mm

•Weight:570g

•Lifeexpectancy:approx.5millionstrokesperkey

•Switchtravel/Pressurepoint:3.0±0.5mm(totalrun)/

55±15g

•Radiotransmission:2.4–2.4835GHz,GFSK,

•Powersupply:Keyboard:+2.2VDCto+3.2VDC

Receiver:+5VDC±5%

•Powerconsumptionmaximal:Keyboard:17mA

Receiver:100mA

•KeyboardStandby:14mA

•KeyboardSleep-Mode:30μA(after30min.)

•Temperature:Operating:-5°Cupto+40°C

•Storage:-20°Cupto+65°C

•Humidity:Operatingandstorage:10%upto85%RH

•Interface:USB(nanodonglereceiver)

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•Certificates:CE,FCC,WEEE/RoHS

•Compatibility:Win98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista/Win

7

BeQuietupgradestheir

StraightPowerE9line

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/be-quiet-upgrades-their-straight-

power-e9-line/13762.html

October20th,2011

BeQuiet,thePCcomponentsmanufacturerfromGermany,

upgradedtheirmostpopularpowersuppliesseries.Thelatest

StraightPowerE9seriesboasta80PlusGoldcertification,a

new135mmSilentwingsfananda5yearlongwarranty.

ThenewStraightPowerE9seriesisbasicallyanentirelynew

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Thesmartphonemarketisdefinitelystartingtoheatupin

therunuptotheholidayseasonandMotorolahasjustre-

launcheditsRAZR,althoughthistimewe'relookingatquitea

differencedevicethanwedidthefirsttimearound.Theonly

commonaltybetweenthetwodevicesistheslimprofileandit's

actuallyquiteamazingthatMotorolahasmanagedtocreatea

smartphonewitha4.3-inchqHDSuperAMOLEDAdvanced

displaythatmeasuresamere7.1mmthick,albeitatitsthinnest

point.

Thesmartphonemarketisdefinitelystartingtoheatupin

therunuptotheholidayseasonandMotorolahasjustre-

launcheditsRAZR,althoughthistimewe'relookingatquitea

differencedevicethanwedidthefirsttimearound.Theonly

commonaltybetweenthetwodevicesistheslimprofileandit's

actuallyquiteamazingthatMotorolahasmanagedtocreatea

smartphonewitha4.3-inchqHDSuperAMOLEDAdvanced

displaythatmeasuresamere7.1mmthick,albeitatitsthinnest

point.

ThenewAndroidpoweredRAZRdoesn'tquitesportthe

sameiconicdesignastheoriginalRAZR,butithasthe

potentialofbecominganequallybigsuccess.Beyondthe

alreadymentionedscreen,thenewRAZRsportsGorillaglass,

aKevlarandaluminiumhousingwithastainlesssteel"core"

andsomethingknownasMotorolaSplashGuardwhichis

meanttobesomekindofnanotechnologycoatingthathelps

preventaccidentalliquidsplashdamage.Someprettyneat

featuresandwehaven'tevengottentothehardwarepartyet.

AttheheartoftheRAZRisadualcoreTIOMAP4430

SoCclockedat1.2GHzwithPowerVRSGX540graphics.The

processorhasbeenpairedupwith1GBofwhatshouldbedual-

channelLPDDR2memory.TheUSversioncalledtheDroid

RAZRcomeswith16GBofintegratedstoragememory,butthe

builtinstoragefortheinternationalversionwasn'tmentioned

inthepressrelease,sowe'lljusthavetowaitandseewhat

Motorolawilloffertherestoftheworld.

design,basedonadifferenttopologycomparedtotheunit

itreplaced.Thecompanyboastsanefficiencyofupto93%,

whichshouldbeaboutrightbecausethenewseriescomeswith

a80PlusGoldcertification.BeQuietreplacedall8Straight

PowerE9models.NowtheStraightPowerseriesconsistsof5

unitswithfixedcableswhichrangefrom400Wupto700W

andthreemodularunitsabletodeliverfrom480Wupto

680W.

MotorolalaunchestheRAZR

(again)

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-launches-the-razr-

again-/13761.html

October20th,2011

OtherfeaturesincludeWi-Fi(nospecificswerementioned,

butwe'dexcept2.4GHz802.11natleast),Bluetooth4.0low

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energy,GPS,an8Megapixelrearcamerawith1080pvideo

recordingandimagestabilization(mostlikelydigital),afront

facingcameraforvideocalls,amicroHDMIandamicroUSB

port,amicroSDcardslotandabatterygoodfor12.5talktime

and8.9hvideoplayback,atleastontheUSLTEequipped

DroidRAZR.

MotorolahasalsokittedouttheRAZRwithAndroid2.3.5and

anappcalledMOTOCASTwhichcreatesyourown"personal

cloud"onaPCofyourchoicewhichallowsyoutosharefiles

easilyfromthatcomputer.Motorolahasalsoaddedarange

ofbusinessfeaturestotheRAZRtogivebusinessuserssecure

accesstotheircorporateemail,calendarandaddressesfor

example.

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dedicatedwebcam,aswellasEthernet,USB,audioandD-sub

connectors,the10.1-inchLapdock100,aWebtopdock,acar

dock,Bluetoothkeyboards,chargers,powerpacks,Bluetooth

headsetsandapeculiaraccessorycalledthesmartcontroller.

Thesmartcontrollerisn'tquiteasfancyasitsounds,asit's

prettymuchacustommadeBluetoothtouchpadfortheRAZR

thatallowsyoutocontrolitwhenconnectedtoanHDTVin

prettymuchthesamewayyou'dcontrolitviathetouchscreen.

Thetouchpadevenhasthestandardmenu,home,backand

searchAndroidbuttonsonit.

Last,butnotleastMotorolaalsoannouncedtheMOTOACTV,

acompactMP3playercumexercisecompanionwithatiny1.6-

inchscreencoatedwithGorillaglass.It'savailableineither

8GBor16GB,hasabuiltinFMradio,Bluetooth4.0andANT

+supportaswellasaGPS.Itweighsinatamere35gandis

saidtohaveabatterylifegoodforfivehoursofoutdoorsusage

(withtheGPSenabled)and10hofindoorsusage.IntheUSthe

8GBmodelwillretailforUS$249,withthe16GBmodelgoing

forUS$299.TherewasnowordonpricingfortheRAZRitself,

butit'llstartshippingintheUSnextmonth.

ForSingapore,theMotorolaRAZRiscomingtoallthree

mainlocaltelecommunicationsoperators’customersfrom

earlyNovember.

Update:Apparentlywe'relookingataTIOMAP4460andnot

a4430,earlyspecswereslightlyoffhere.

ExclusivePreviewofAsusRT-

N66UDarkKnightDual-Band

Router

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-preview-of-asus-rt-n66u-

dark-knight-dual-band-router/13760.html

MotorolaalsoannouncedarangeofaccessoriesfortheRAZR,

suchasthenew14-inchLapdock500Prowithitsown

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VR-Zonewasamongthefewthatwasgrantedwith

anexclusivepreviewoftheupcominghighperformance

Broadcompowereddual-band450Mbpswirelessrouterfrom

Asus.TheAsusRT-N66Uwasfirstseenawhilebackin

JanuaryduringthelastCES.Lookinsideforaquicktour.

AsussentustheRT-N66UDarkKnightDual-BandRouter

afterwereportedonitsnextrouterline-uplastweek.TheRT-

N66Ufollowsthe'BlackDiamond'seriesdesign.Ontheback

oftheroutertherearethreeRP-SMAremovabledual-band

antenna,DCinputjack,powerswitch,twoUSBports,reset

button,WPSbutton,1xgigabitWANportand4xgigabitLAN

ports.

AsusdecidedtouseredPCBontherouter.Therearetwolarge

ceramicheatsinksalongwithasmallfantohelpdissipateheat

fromthechipsets.Unfortunately, we won't know the actual

specifications of the router until it is released. Though, we're

speculating that it will be using Ralink chipsets for its SoC

and RF tranciever, Realtek gigabit controller, 32MB flash and

256MB RAM.AbirdietoldusthatitwillbeusingBroadcom

radio,with32MBforflashand128MBofmemoryandanextra

MicroSDsocketforexpansion.

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AsushasincludedIPv6supportintotherouter.Broadband

subscriberswithIPv6addresscanfinallyutilizeit.Also,itis

abletodo6-to-4and6-in-4tunnelling.

AnotherfeatureofthisrouteristheVPSserver.Thisallows

userstoremotelyaccesstherouter’sstoragemediafrom

virtuallyanywhere.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

tocooldownthosehotchipsets.Thegraphshowsthe

temperatureoftherouterandatwhichthresholdshouldthe

fanbeturnedon.Also,dokeepinmindthattherouter's

firmwareisstillinbetastages.

InadditiontotheRT-N66Uwirelessrouter,Asusalsosent

ustheUSB-N53,adualbandUSBdonglewith2x2MIMO

antennasforspeedsofupto300Mbpsandit'sbeendesigned

togowiththeBlackDiamondseriesofrouters.TheUSB-N53

areusingRalinkbasedchipsetsforitsMAC,basebandandRF.

Currentlythereisnowordonwhenthereleasedateofthe

RT-N66Uwillbe.Norhowmuchwillitcostbutwiththe

additionalfeaturesandspecifications,itwouldbemostlikely

tobeslightlyexpansivethantheRT-N56Uwirelessrouter.

StaytunedforourfullreviewoftheRT-N66Uwirelessrouter.

LoeweunveilsIndividual

Compose3DTVsinSingapore

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/loewe-unveils-individual-compose-3d-

tvs-in-singapore/13759.html

October20th,2011

Thismorning,LoeweandAtlasSound&Visionannouncedthe

newLoewe3DIndividualComposeTVs,whichclaimstooffer

highperformance3Dviewingexperience,andareavailable

inthreesizes-55-inch,46-inchand32-inch.Ontopofthat,

LoewehasintroducedthenewConnect40smartTVwhichis

alsoa3DTV.

Userscouldalsoseteachoftheradio’stransmissionpower

levelindividually.Thefanspeedcanalsobemanuallyadjusted

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LoeweandAtlasSound&Vision,whoisthesoledistributor,

haveunveilednewLoewe3DIndividualComposewhichisthe

firstofits3DTVseriesinSingapore.ThesophisticatedLoewe

3DTVsarecapableofconverting2Dprogrammesinto3D,and

canintegrateintoaLoewe3Dhomeentertainmentsystemin

variousset-upsolutionsandaudiooptions,bringingsuperior

imagequalityandcinematicexperienceintoyourhome.

Loewe3DIndividualCompose

TheLoewerangeof3DTVsincludestheLoeweIndividual

Compose553D(55-inch),IndividualCompose463D(46-

inch),andtheIndividual32ComposeSound3D(32-inch).

TheIndividual3Dflat-screenTVscomewithintegrated

500GBharddrive,andtheinterchangeableinsetscanalsobe

freelydesignedtosuitindividualcolourpreferences.Theunits

alsoboastDR+streamingandharddiskrecordingcapabilities.

LoeweConnect

TheLoeweConnectTVoffersinnovativeLoeweMediaNet

functionthatallowsonetoeasilyaccessandenjoycontent

ontheirTVincludingvideos,music,newsandradiofromthe

Internet.LoeweConnectalsofeaturesabuilt-inLANinterface

foraccesstocontentfromthehomenetwork,aswellasaUSB

port.Withahigh-qualityfrontpanelmadeofnon-reflective

quartzglass,theLoeweConnect403Dboastsimprovedcolour

reproduction,refineddetailresolutionandmovingimage,and

optimisedresponsetime.

PricingandAvailability

ThenewLoeweIndividualCompose3DTVsarenowavailable

atS$14,358,S$9,558andS$6,058forthe55-inch,46-inch

and32-inchrespectively.ThenewLoeweConnect40isalso

availableatS$7,158(40-inch).TheLoeweActive3Dglasses

aresoldseparatelyatS$359each.Thenewrangeof3DTVs

canbepurchasedattheLoeweGallerylocatedat390Orchard

Road#01-01APalaisRenaissanceSingapore.

CanonSingaporelaunches

EOS-1DXprofessionaldigital

SLRcamera

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-singapore-launches-eos-1d-x-

professional-digital-slr-camera/13757.html

Publishedby:VR-Zone

October20th,2011

CanonhasannouncedthenewprofessionaldigitalSLR

camera,theCanonEOS-1DX,whichclaimstobethe

integrationbetweentheEOS1Dand1Dsproductlines.

PoweredbythenewDualDIGIC5+imageprocessor,the

EOS-1DXfeaturescontinuousshootingspeedof12frames-

per-second,61-pointAFsystem,carbonfibreshutterblades

anddust-proofanddrip-proofmagnesiumalloybody.

EdwinTeoh,assistantdirector,ConsumerImagingProducts

Marketingdivision,CanonSingapore,wasattheeventto

unveilthenewCanonEOS-1DXprofessionaldigitalSLR

camera.

ThenewCanonEOS-1DXclaimstobetheultimate

professionaldigitalSLR(DSLR)cameradesignedtosupport

anyphotographicapplicationandshootingdemands.Itisthe

integrationoftheEOS1Dand1Dsproductlinesandsportsa

full-frame35mm18.1-megapixelCMOSsensor.TheEOS-1D

Xboastsashootingspeedofupto12framespersecond

(fps)withitsnewcarbonfibreshutterandrevisedmirror

mechanism,and14fpswithmirrorup(andlockfocus).

ItispoweredbythebrandnewDualDIGIC5+image

processor,offersISOsettingsofuptoISO204800(H2);61

pointhigh-densityreticularAF(41cross-typepoints),fullhigh

definition1080pvideorecordingwithchoiceofALL-IandIPB

compressionmethodsandvideofilesizesthatexceed4GB

(FATspecifications)areautomaticallysplit.ThedigitalSLR

cameraalsofeaturesanelectroniccurtainshutterforquiet

operationduringliveviewshooting.

AccompanyingtheEOS-1DXaretwonewaccessories-the

WFT-E6wirelessfiletransmitterandGP-E1GPSreceiver.

PricingandavailabilityoftheEOS-1DXaren'tavailableat

presstime,butCanonSingaporesaidthatthedigitalSLRwill

beavailablebythefirsthalfof2012.

Here'safewmorepicturesoftheprofessionalEOS-1DXdigital

SLRcamera:-

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Specifications

EOS-1DX

18.1M

DualDIGIC5+

Yes

Feature

Pixels

Imagingprocessor

One-touchimage

qualitysetting

Yes

Yes

Imagecreation

functions

Chromatic

aberration

correction

Post-processing

Resize

PictureStyleAuto

Yes

RAWimage

processing

Yes

ImagerecordingRecordingmedia

Externalrecording—

media

ViewfinderTransparentLCD

CF(TypeI,II)x2

Yes

Newfocusing

screen

Yes

AutofocusAFpoint

EOSiTRAFYes

61points

AFConfiguration

Tool

Yes

ExposurecontrolMeteringsensor

Approx.100,000-

pixelRGBsensor

Meteringsensor

252

zones

SubjectrecognitionYes

ISOspeedrange(L:50)100-51200

(H1:102400,

H2:204800)

Customshooting

modes

Exposuresetting

range[stops]

Flashsyncspeed

Flash:Radio

Yes

±5

1/250

Yes

wirelesscontrol

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CASLatencyofonly7.Let'sseehowthisfamousP55erakit

runsontheZ68platform.

Sotodaywehaveourhandsonareallywellspecedkit,the

PIS22004GBkitwithtimingsof7,10,10,28CR2at1.65v.

MultipleexposuresYes

DriveContinuous

shootingspeed

(Max.fps)

12

Superhighspeed

continuous

shooting

14

ThesetimingsandspeedcanbeloadedthroughXMPprofiles

onmostP55andX58boards,andalsowithprofilesonAMD

990FXplatformwithaBulldozerprocessor.Yetweruninto

anissuewiththeLGA1155platform,inthatwearelimitedto

a21.33memorydividerandonlyslightBLCKadjustment,so

webroughtintheMaximus4Gene-ZbecauseofASUS'sgood

reputationwithLGA1155memoryclocking.Thiskitisn'tanew

onetohitthemarket;infactitwasreleasedbackintheP55

days,andoptimizedforthatplatform.Manyoverclockershave

takenitforaspin,anditseemstoperformverywellevenat

itsratedspeed,butwhatwouldthisreviewbewithoutsome

tweaking?

ElectroniclevelYes

(LCDmonitorand

viewfinder)

Shutterdurability400,000cycles

MovieshootingCompression

format

ALL-I(intra

frame)/IPB(inter

frame)

Timecode

Yes

No4GBlimit

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Imageplayback

QuickControl

Imagetransfer

WiredLANimage

transfer

CustomControls

LCDmonitor

Rating

Yes

Directimage

transfer

Yes

Yes

3.2in.,1.04million

dots

FeatureguideYes

WorldtimeYes

TimesyncbetweenYes

cameras

CamerasystemYes

information

Dimensions(Width158x163.6x82.7

xHeightxDepth

approx.mm/in.)

basedonCIPA

criteria

G.SKILLPISSeries2200MHz

CL7(2x2GB)KitReview

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/g.skill-pis-series-2200mhz-cl7-2-

x-2gb-kit-review/13746.html

October20th,2011

There-emergenceofthiskitshouldn'tcomeasasurprise,

sincemostmanufacturesthinkthatoverclockersarefinewith

lowervoltageandhigherCASlatency,butthatisjustnotthe

case.Overclockerswouldn'tmindpushingsomeextrajuice

intotheirmemory,aslongastheICscantakeitandithelps

clocking.WhenwelookatG.Skillscompetition,wefindmany

highpricedkitswithworsespecs.InfactonNeweggwecan't

evenfindDDR32200mhzkitswithanythinglowerthanCAS

9,whatmakesitworseisthatayearagothelinewouldbefull

withlowlatencyhighspeedkits.Whetherthisisduetoalackof

goodmemoryICs,orbytheemergenceofhigherdensitykits,

wedonotknow.Whatwedoknowisthatthiskitismostlikely

baseduponPSCmodules,andnotBBSE,butG.Skillspolicyis

tonotrevealtheICsused.WhatweweretoldisthatifG.Skill

hasICsthatfitthebillandcanworkatthesespecs,thenthey

willbesoldassuch.TheonlywayweknowthattheseasPSCis

byotheruser’sexperienceswiththem,aswellasthefactthat

/6.2x6.4x3.2

theydon’tscalemuchpast1.72vandthatthetRCDisveryhard

tolowerpast2100mhz,bothcharactersofPSCbasedmemory.

G.SkillisaprominentmakerofDDR3SDRAM,knownfor

theirreasonablepricesandhighclockingkits,theirPIseries

isnoexception.Todaywewilltakealookatoneoftheir

legendarykits,theF3-17600CL7D-4GBPISwhichboastssome

prettynicespecs.ItisratedtorunatDDR32200withalow

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HerearethespecsstraightfromG.Skill.:

Type

DesignedFor

Capacity

Speed

Latency

Voltage

Registered/Unbuffered

Errorchecking

Warranty

DDR3SDRAM

IntelP55

4GB(2x2GB)

DDR32200MHz

7-10-10-282N

1.65v

Unbuffered

Non-ECC

Lifetime

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VR-Zone.com|StufffortheGeeks!

resolutiondisplay,althoughtheLumia800hasanAMOLED

display(nospecificsarementionedbeyondthis)whereasthe

Lumia710getstomakedowithastandardLCDdisplay.

Bothhandsetsalsosporta1.4GHzsinglecoreQualcomm

SnapdragonMSM8255processorand512MBofRAM.Other

sharedfeaturesinclude802.11b/g/nWi-Fi,Bluetooth2.1,

A-GPS,amicroUSBportanda3.5mmjack.Finallythe

twohandsetssupportHSDPAspeedsofupto14.4Mbpsand

HSUPAspeedsofupto5.76MBpsandofcourseWindows

Mobile7.5Mango.

TheLumia800features16GBofinternalstoragememory,an

8MegapixelCarlZeissbrandedauto-focuscamerawithanf2.2

aperture,LEDflashand720pvideorecording.Italsohasan

accelerometer,proximitysensorandmagnetometer.Itsnon-

VR-Zone|StufffortheGeeksisabi-weeklypublication

coveringthelatestgadgetsandstuffforthegeeks.

Nokiafinallyannouncesits

WindowsPhone7handsets

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-finally-announces-its-windows-

phone-7-handsets/13815.html

October26th,2011

Aspertheleakhoursbeforethelaunchevent,Nokia'stwonew

WindowsPhone7handsetsdidindeedendupbeingtheLumia

800andLumia710andtechnicallyspeaking,there'sverylittle

differencebetweenthetwohandsets.AlsoannouncedatNokia

World2011wastheAsha303,Asha300,Asha201andAsha

200SymbianS406thEditionhandsetsandapartnershipwith

MonsterwhichwillseeNokiashipco-brandedheadsets,but

we'llcoverthoseinseparatenewsposts.

Aspertheleakhoursbeforethelaunchevent,Nokia'stwonew

WindowsPhone7handsetsdidindeedendupbeingtheLumia

800andLumia710andtechnicallyspeaking,there'sverylittle

differencebetweenthetwohandsets.AlsoannouncedatNokia

World2011wastheAsha303,Asha300,Asha201andAsha

200SymbianS406thEditionhandsetsandapartnershipwith

MonsterwhichwillseeNokiashipco-brandedheadsets,but

we'llcoverthoseinseparatenewsposts.

removablebatteryisratedat1,450mAhandNokiaclaims13h

2Gtalktimeand9.5h3Gtalktimewithstandbyfiguresof

265hand335hrespectively.Asmentionedintheleakaheadof

thelaunchevent,theLumia800measures116.5x61.2x12.1mm

andweighsinat142g.TheLumia800willhitretailinEurope

earlynextmonthforaround€420(S$745)offcontractand

willbeavailableinblack,cyanandmagenta.It'llcomewitha

USBcharger,adatacable,astereoheadsetandasoftcoverin

thebox.

TheLumia800and710arenearenoughidenticalinterms

ofspec,asbothhandsetssporta3.7-inchWVGA(800x480)

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TheLumia710whichisthemoreaffordableofthetwodoesas

youmightalreadyhaveguess,comewithslightlylessfeatures.

Ithasa5Megapixelauto-focuscamerawithLEDflashand

720pvideorecording,8GBofstorageandapparentlywithout

anyofthesensorsoftheLumia800ifNokia'sspecsheetis

correct.Ithasasmaller,removable1,300mAhbatteryand

thehandsetisalsoslightlysmallerat119x52.4x12.5mmand

somewhatlighterat125.5g.Thebatteryissaidtobegoodfor

upto6.9hof2Gtalktimeand7.6hof3Gtalktimeandupto

400hstandbytime.TheLumia710isexpectedtohitretailin

Europefor€270(S$480)withoutacontractinawiderange

ofcolouroptionforthebackofthephone,includingblack,

white,cyan,fuchsiaandyellow,althoughthefrontwillonlybe

availableinblackorwhite.Intheboxyou'llgetaUSBcharger,

adatacableandaheadset.

StarHubtoretailiPhone4S

from10amon28October2011

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/starhub-to-retail-iphone-4s-

from-10am-on-28-october-2011/13813.html

October26th,2011

StarHubhasannouncedthatitwillstarttheretailofthe

iPhone4Sat35selectedoutletsacrossSingaporefrom10am

on28October2011.ThiscomesadayafterSingTeltookthe

wrapsoffitsownplansonTuesday,whichitselfcamedays

afterM1becamethefirstTelcotounveilitsAppleiPhone4S

priceplanslastweekend.

"WearepleasedtoofferiPhone4SinSingapore.Webelieve

thatourcustomerswillbethrilledbytheexcitingnew

featuresdeliveredbythisiPhonemodel,"saidMrNgLong

Shyang,HeadofSalesandMarketingatStarHub."Powered

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byStarHub'snationwideadvancedmobilebroadbandnetwork

andwiththegenerous12GBbundleddataonour3G

SmartSurfpackages,iPhone4Soffersanoutstandingmobile

experiencethatourcustomerswillenjoy."

StarHubhaspreviouslyannouncedthatitwillnotbeaccepting

anypre-ordersforthelatestsmartphoneofferingfromApple,

thoughitisunderstoodthatarandomselectionofcustomers

wereselectedaspartofaninvitation-onlypre-orderscheme.

iPhone

Plans

Monthly

3G

SmartSurf

100

$38

3G

SmartSurf

300

$58

3G

SmartSurf

700

$98

3G

SmartSurf

Unlimited

$205

Subscription

Localcalls100

LocalSMS500

LocalData12GB

300

500

12GB

700

500

12GB

2000

2000

Unlimited

(Upto

14.4Mbps)

iPhone4S$498

$248

$0

$0

16GB

iPhone4S$678

BackofBoard

$378

$108

$0

32GB

iPhone4S$818

$558

$228

$128

64GB

iPhone4

$400

$130

$0

$0

8GB

Thecompanysaysamidnightlaunchwillbeheldon

28October2011atitsPlazaSingapurastoreforinvited

customers.

FirstLooks:ASUSTUF

SabertoothX79-StayCool,Be

TUF

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-looks-asus-tuf-sabertooth-x79--

stay-cool-be-tuf/13812.html

October26th,2011

Yesterday,wepreviewedtheresplendentASUSROGRampage

IVExtreme,whichistargetedatthehardcoreoverclocking

enthusiastsegment.InthesecondofathreepartASUSX79

motherboardseries,weturnourvoyueringperiscopetoa

mainstreamoffering-thedesertcamouflagethemedTUF

SabertoothX79!

I/OPanel-4USB3.0ports(ASMedia),6USB2.0ports,Intel

Gigabit,1PowereSATA6Gbpsand1regulareSATA6Gbps

servicedbyanASMedia1061controller.

ForfasterheatdissipationneartheCPUSocketarea,ASUS

usesstackedfinsandheatpipesandhasincludedanmounting

areafortheinstallationofaoptional(included)40mmfan

FrontView-TheASUSTUFSabertoothX79wasbuiltwith

longevityand"military-standard"durabilityinmind,thusa

hugeemphasisonheatmonitoringanddissipationthrough

theuseoflargeheatsinksandactivecoolers.

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CPUSocketArea-theTUFhasa8+2+2+2DigitalPhase

PowerDesign

AudioisservicedbyRealtekALC892,FirewirebyVIA

VT6315NandGigabitEthernetbyIntel82579V.

Aviewofthechokesandcapacitorsinthesocketarea

Notmuchgoingonhere-ThePCIelanesarewireddirectlyto

theCPUwithouttheuseofanymajorswitches.

DIGI+EPUasseeninallrecentASUSmotherboards,allowing

forprecisepowercontrolandstability

AMarvell9128provides2additional6Gbpsports(grey).It

alsosupportspairingamechanicalharddrivewithasolidstate

driveforSSDcachingwhichisusefulastheX79chipsetdoes

nothaveIntelSRTasseenonZ68motherboards.

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AccessoriesandCertificateofReliability.TheTUFisalso

backedbyanextensive5-yearwarranty

ASUSconfirmsAndroid4.0Ice

CreamSandwichupgradeon

EeePadfamily

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-confirms-android-4.0-ice-cream-

sandwich-upgrade-on-eee-pad-family/13811.html

October26th,2011

WiththeannouncementofAndroid4.0IceCreamSandwich,

TaiwanesecompanyASUShasalsoconfirmedthatthenew

mobileoperatingsystemwouldbeavailableontheirlineofEee

Padfamily.However,noexactdateshavebeenreleasedyet.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

GooglehadannouncedthelatestupdatefortheAndroid

mobileoperatingsystem,Android4.0IceCreamSandwich,

whichclaimstobringexcitingnewfeaturesandcapabilities

todevices.InastatementissuedbyASUS,thecompanyhas

confirmedthattheAndroid4.0IceCreamSandwichupgrade

willbeavailableontheEeePadfamily.

WearedelightedtoconfirmthatwewillbesupportingIce

CreamSandwichonourASUSEeePadFamily–ouraimis

tobringthelatestAndroidupdatestotheEeePadSeries.At

thistime,weareunabletoconfirmadateforthisupdate.

PleasestaytunedformorenewsonourIceCreamSandwich

upgradeplans

Nokiaâsnewhandsets

revealedaheadof

announcementbyVR-

Zone.com

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-s-new-handsets-revealed-ahead-

of-announcement/13810.html

October26th,2011

WithonlyhourstogountilNokia'sbigreveal,butsadlyfor

Nokia,thelastdetailsofitsupcominghandsetshaveleaked

aheadofthelaunch.Wealreadyhadagoodideawithregards

tothespecifications,especiallyaswe'relookingatapairof

WindowsPhone7handsetshere(aswellasoneSymbian

device),soMicrosoft'sstandardhardwarelimitationsapply,

butwhatwedidn'tknowwasthemodelnamesandwhich

devicesweregoingtolaunch.

WithonlyhourstogountilNokia'sbigreveal,butsadlyfor

Nokia,thelastdetailsofitsupcominghandsetshaveleaked

aheadofthelaunch.Wealreadyhadagoodideawithregards

tothespecifications,especiallyaswe'relookingatapairof

WindowsPhone7handsetshere(aswellasoneSymbian

device),soMicrosoft'sstandardhardwarelimitationsapply,

butwhatwedidn'tknowwasthemodelnamesandwhich

devicesweregoingtolaunch.

Thehigh-endmodel,previouslyknownasSeaRay,theNokia

N9lookalikewillbeknownastheNokiaLumia800and

althoughtheleakdoesn'tconfirmallthespecifications,we've

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gotahandsetthatmeasures116.5x61.2x12.1mmandweighs

inat142g,notexactlyaskinny,lightweighthandset.It'll

have512MBofRAMandapparentlynomicroSDcardslot.

Theprocessorshouldbea1.4GHzsinglecoremodelfrom

Qualcomm,butasfortherestofthespecs,we'lljusthaveto

waitandsee.

Themoreaffordablemodel,codenamedSabreshouldbe

knownastheLumia710anditmeasures110x62.4x12.5mm,

againfairlychubbyanditalsolookslikeithasquiteathick

screenbezel.Thepictureisabittooblurryandlowresolution

tomakeouttherestofthespecs,butwe'renotexpecting

anythingreallyexcitinghere.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

We'llhavetowaituntil16.00thisafternoonlocalSingapore

time(09.00UKtime),asthatiswhentheNokiaWorldkeynote

isbeingheld.

Thermaltakereleases(yet

another)Frioseriescooler.

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/thermaltake-releases-yet-another-frio-

series-cooler./13809.html

October26th,2011

TodayThermaltakeenrichedtheirhighendcoolersline-up

withtheThermaltakeFrioAdvanced,animprovedversion

oftheoriginalandmuchlovedFrio.Thenewversionofthe

coolerpromisesbetterthermalperformanceandawiderfan

operationalrange.

TodayThermaltakeenrichedtheirhighendcoolersline-up

withtheThermaltakeFrioAdvanced,animprovedversion

oftheoriginalandmuchlovedFrio.Thenewversionofthe

coolerpromisesbetterthermalperformanceandawiderfan

operationalrange.

NokiaisalsorumouredtobelaunchingaQWERTYkeypad

equippedSymbianhandsetduringNokiaWorldandit'sbeen

suggesteditmightendupbeingcalledtheNokia303.It's

tippedtobeaSymbianS406thEditionhandsetanditshould

feature3GandbuiltinWi-Fi,sogoodenoughforanyonethat

doesn'tneedamoreadvancedsmartphone.

ThenewFrioadvancedcanrunitsfansdownto800RPM

each,whichmeansthatithasthepotentialtobemuchquieter

thanitsverypowerfulbutconsiderablyloudpredecessor.At

thesametimehoweveritcan"only"speedthefansupto

2000RPM,givingitahandicapcomparedtotheolderversion.

Perhapsthedesignchangeswillensurethatnoperformance

willbelost.

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I/OPanel(IntelGigabitLAN,BluetoothV2.1+EDR,4USB3.0

ports,2ESATA6gbpsportsand2buttonstoactivateROG

ConnectandresetCMOS)

October26th,2011

FirstLooks:ASUSROG

RampageIVExtreme(Intel

X79)-Hardcoreisback!

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-looks-asus-rog-rampage-iv-

extreme-intel-x79--hardcore-is-back-/13795.html

October26th,2011

2SATA6Gbpsports(red)and4SATA3Gbpsports(grey)from

theIntelX79chipset,and2moreSATA6Gbpsports(red)

providedbyanASMediacontroller.YoucanalsoplugaK-

typethermocoupletothe"SubzeroSense"(blackblockonthe

right)togetthereadingsfromthemotherboard'stemperature

diodesduringextremeLN2sessions

InthefirstofathreepartAsusX79Motherboardseries,

weintroducetoourreaderstheflagshipASUSRepublicof

GamersRampageIVExtreme.Builtandtunedbyaworld-

classteamofperfectionistengineersandmegahertzthirsty

overclockersfromtheROGteam,thisnewRampagecould

turnouttobeoneoftheall-timegreatsinthehistoryof

enthusiasttech.

AudioishandledbyaRealtekALC898CODECandNCT6776F

forLPCI/O.Theboardisalsofilledwithhighquality

Japanese-made10KBlackmetalliccapacitorsandmature

customizeddigitalVRMs.

BackviewwithSocket2011backplate

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FourAsmediaASM1042controllerstakescareofUSB3.0

Someofthepowercircuitry-chokesratedupto50A

Socket2011intheflesh

PCI-e3.0compliantAsmediaASW1480switches

DiagnosticLEDscarriedoverfromthepreviousROGboards-

theseareveryusefulfortroubleshooting

Socket2011Area

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"GO"ButtontotriggerMEMOK!beforePOSTorO/CProfiles

afterPOST,

aDIPswitchtoenable/disablePCIeslots,

Power/ResetButtons,aPORT80display,

LN2"slowboot"switch

andLEDsnexttoeachvoltagemeasurementpointforeasy

troubleshootingofOCfailuresduetoincorrectadjustmentof

keyvoltages.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

CodenamedBrazos2.0,theplatformwillfeatureupdated

ZacateAPUs.(Ontario/C-Seriesrefreshisnotmentioned)The

E-450willbereplacedbyE2-1800.Fundamentallythesame

chip,E2-1800featuresaslightboostto1.7GHz,whilethe

GPUisrebrandedasHD7340andisclockedhigherat523

MHzand680MHzwithTurbo.Computerbasealsomentions

inthepossibilityofaCPUturbowhichwillhelpE2-1800

differentiateitselffromE-450.CPUturboisalreadyavailable

onC-60whichisbasedonthesamechip.

E-300willbereplacedbyE1-1200,clockedat1.4GHz,up0.1

GHzfromE-300.TheHD6310GPUwillgivewaytoHD7310

whichfeaturesaninsignificant12MHzoverclock.

Report:AMDBrazos2.0inQ1

2012

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-brazos-2.0-in-

q1-2012/13808.html

October26th,2011

Brazos2.0alsoincludesanewmobilechipset-A68M.A68M,

codenamedHudsonM3L,cutsdownonSATAports,downto2

from6onA50M-thussavingonpower.Morethan2portsare

simplyunnecessaryforsub-notebooksBrazos2.0willpower.

Ontheotherhand,A68MenablesRAID0andRAID1.A68M

alsofeaturesnativeDPsupport.USB2.0portsarecutfrom14

to8-onceagainsavingpower-whilethe2USB1.1giveway

for2USB3.0ports.OthernewfeaturesforA68MincludeAPU

fancontrolandSDcontroller.

AlsoreleasinginQ12012willbetheBrazos-Tplatform

designedfortablets.ThankstoamuchcutdownA55Tchipset

andapoweroptimizedHondoAPU,theBrazosTplatformwill

featuremuchlowerpowerconsumptionthanthecurrentZ-01

APUplatforms.

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AccordingtoareportfromComputerbase.de,AMDis

planningtorefreshitsBrazosline-upwithBrazos2.0inQ1

2012.ReleasedfirstinQ12011,BrazoswasrefeshedinQ3

2011.Twomorequarterson,Brazoswillgetanotherrefresh,

thistimewithnewbrandingforbothCPUandGPUparts.

AccordingtoareportfromComputerbase.de,AMDis

planningtorefreshitsBrazosline-upwithBrazos2.0inQ1

2012.ReleasedfirstinQ12011,BrazoswasrefeshedinQ3

2011.Twomorequarterson,Brazoswillgetanotherrefresh,

thistimewithnewbrandingforbothCPUandGPUparts.

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Laterin2012,theBrazos2.0platformisexpectedtobe

replacedby28nmWichitaandKrishnaAPUs.

Report:AMDTrinitydetails

revealed

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-trinity-details-

revealed/13807.html

October26th,2011

DonanimHaberhaspublishedmoreinformationonAMD's

second-generationA-SeriesAPU-Trinity.Asarecap,Trinity

willreplacetheagingCPUonLlanowithPiledrivercores

featuringTurboCore3.TheVLIW-5GPUonLlanowillalso

givewayforaVLIW-4GPU.Trinitywillbeinterfacewiththe

sameA75chipsetasLlanobutwillfitintotheFM2socket.

DonanimHaberhaspublishedmoreinformationonAMD's

second-generationA-SeriesAPU-Trinity.Asarecap,Trinity

willreplacetheagingCPUonLlanowithPiledrivercores

featuringTurboCore3.TheVLIW-5GPUonLlanowillalso

givewayforaVLIW-4GPU.Trinitywillbeinterfacewiththe

sameA75chipsetasLlanobutwillfitintotheFM2socket.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

TheFM2architecturewillsupportDDR3RAMupto2133

MHz.AMDEyefinityandDisplayPort1.2willalsobeavailable

totheAPUs.

TrinityproductionisexpectedtobepreparedbyNovember,

withvolumeproductionbeginninginJanuary.Ifallgoeswell,

TrinityshouldarrivebeforeIntel'sIvyBridge.Overall,the

VirgoplatformandTrinityareexpectedtobefairlymajor

upgradesoverLlano.Thecompetitivelandscapeislikelyto

remainunchanged,withquad-coreTrinitycompetingwith

dual-coreIvyBridge,whilesignificantlyoutperforminginthe

graphicsdepartment-muchlikeLlanovsSandyBridge.

Gigabytetoadd3-way

digitalPWM'sonitsX79

motherboards

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-to-add-3-way-digital-pwm-s-

on-its-x79-motherboards/13806.html

October26th,2011

We'vegottenourhandsonsomeleakeddocumentsdetailing

afewnewadditionstoGigabyte'sX79,morespecificallythe

documentsarepointingtothefactthatGigabytehasmovedto

newdigitalPWMcontrollers.Atthesametime,Gigabytehas

postedthefirstofficialpicturesofitsX79motherboardsonits

Facebookpage,whichgivesussomefurtherdetailsastowhat

toexpectfromitsupcomingX79boards.

We'vegottenourhandsonsomeleakeddocumentsdetailing

afewnewadditionstoGigabyte'sX79,morespecificallythe

documentsarepointingtothefactthatGigabytehasmovedto

newdigitalPWMcontrollers.Atthesametime,Gigabytehas

postedthefirstofficialpicturesofitsX79motherboardsonits

Facebookpage,whichgivesussomefurtherdetailsastowhat

toexpectfromitsupcomingX79boards.

TheCPUgetsanupgradetothelatestPiledrivercores,

featuring3rdgenTurboCore.Theperformanceisexpectedto

beupby20%comparedtoLlano.Trinitywillfeatureupto2

Piledrivermodules,whichAMDwillmarketasquad-core.The

2moduleAPUwillfeatureatotalof4MBL2.Notsurprisingly,

itishintedthattheL3willbedropped,astheL3cache

wasincludedinBulldozerforserverapplications.LikeLlano,

multipleGPUandasymmetriccrossfirewillbesupported.

TheGPUwillalsogetasignificantboost,movingtothe

VLIW-4architecture.EstimatedGPUimprovementover

Llanoisexpectedtobe30%.ThenewUVD3featuresVideo

CompressionEngine(VCE)whichissurelyaresponseto

Intel'sQuickSync.

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Let'sstartwiththenewdigitalPWMcontrollers.Whatwe're

lookingatisonecontroller,or"digitalengine"asGigabyte

seemstowanttocallit,fortheCPUandtwoforthe

memory,i.e.oneforeachpairorquadofDIMM'sdepending

onthemotherboardlayout.Thecontrollersaremadeby

InternationalRectifier,whichrecentlyacquiredCHiLwhich

isawell-knownbrandofawiderangeofpowerrelatedICs.

Becauseofthesplitmemorybanks,addingaseparatepower

regulationcircuitrytoeachsideofthemotherboardallowsfor

anoverallsimplerboarddesignintermsofpowerdelivery.

AllofGigabyte'sX79boardsarealsocompatiblewithboththe

IntelVR12andVR12.5specswhichsuggestthatwemightbe

seeingsupportforIvyBridge-EontheX79platform.

Asforthemotherboardsthemselves,well,we'vealreadyseen

several previewsofthem,leastnottheG1Assassin2which

youcannowogleinitsfullglorybelow.It'sprettyclearthat

GigabytedesignedthisboardwithfouradditionalSATAports

inmind,butthankstoIntel,there'snowablankspaceonthe

boardwheretheportsshould'vebeen.There'sreallyverylittle

elsetoaddaboutthisboardthatwehaven'talreadycovered.

Movingon,wehavetheGA-X79-UD7whichsportstheX58-

OCcoloursandasmallGigabyteOClogo.Althoughtheboard

carriesalotofpedigreefromtheX58-OCboard,we'renot

lookingatafeaturestrippedboardthistimearound;instead

thisisafullyloadedmodel.Nottoomuchappearstohave

changedsinceIDF,althoughonceagain,therearefourmissing

SATAports.Thechokesappeartohavechangedaswellfrom

someratherindustriallookinggreyonestosomeshinyblack

ones,butthisalsomeansthatthetotalcounthasgonedown

from22to18,suggestingfewerpowerphases.Thatsaid,we

doubtit'llmakemuchdifferencetoanyoneexceptpotentially

themostextremeoverclockers.

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NextupwehavetheGA-X79-UD5,theonlyboardin

Gigabyte'sX79rangetofeatureeightDIMMs.Againonly

minorchanges,suchasthemissingSATAports,butotherwise

nothingsignificantthatwecannotice.Onceagain,wethink

thiswillbethemostpopularX79modelfromGigabyte.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

FinallywehavetheGA-X79-UD3andaswiththeotherthree

boards,weseethesameblankspacewheretheadditionalIntel

SATAportsshould'vebeen.It'llbeinterestingtoseeifIntel

decidestodoanewrevisionoftheX79chipsetinthefuture

thataddsthesemissingportsornot.Thisboardwasnotposted

onGigabyte'sFacebookpageandassuchwesadlyonlyhavea

smallerpicturefromGigabyte'sunofficial/officialblog.

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Update:We'veaddedacoupleofbettershotsoftheX79-UD3

whichgotpostedseparatelyonGigabyte'sFacebookpage.

NVIDIApreparingrevisedGTX

560Ti

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-preparing-revised-gtx-560-

ti/13805.html

October26th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Core).Despitethebranding,theGTX560Ti(448Core)has

muchmoreincommonwithGTX570thanthevanillaGTX

560Ti.

Aswewaitfornext-gen28nmGPUs,NVIDIAispreparingan

upgradeforthepopularGeForceGTX560Ti.Muchlikethe

GeForceGTX260wasupgradedtoGTX260(216Core)in

2008,theGTX560TiissettoberevisedasGTX560Ti(448

Core).Despitethebranding,theGTX560Ti(448Core)has

muchmoreincommonwithGTX570thanthevanillaGTX

560Ti.

UnliketheGTX560Ti,whichisbasedonafullyenabled

GF114die,theGTX560Ti(448Core)willbebasedonthe

GF110die.Inessence,itisGTX570with1SMdisabled,and

likelyunderclocked.Itfeatures14activeSMs,whichindlude

448SP/CUDACoresand56TMUs;320-bitmemoryand40

ROPs-averysimilarconfigurationtotheoldGTX470.Along

withincreasedperformance,powerconsumptionisexpected

toriseoverthe384SPGTX560Ti.AbenefittousingGF110

meanstherevised560Tiwillfeature2xSLIconnectors,

enabling3-waySLI.Intermsofdisplayoutputs,DVI,HDMI

andDisplayPortareincluded.Visually,thereferenceGTX560

Ti(448)isexpectedtolookidenticaltothereferenceGTX570.

TherevisedGTX560Tiisexpectedtocompetewith

overclockedSKUsoftheHD69502GB,andfillinthegap

betweenHD69502GB(~$280)andGTX570/HD6970(~

$340).Pricedright,theGTX560Ti(448)couldbeanenticing

optionuntilthenext-genGPUshit.NVIDIAispreparingto

releaseit'sfirst Kepler part, GK107, in Q1 2012.However,

performanceGPUstosucceedthelikesofGTX560/570/580

areonlyexpectedlaterin2012.

WiththeGTX560Ti(448Core)therewillbenolessthan4

differentversionsifGTX560onthemarket-GTX560,GTX

560Ti,GTX560Ti(OEM)andnow,GTX560Ti(448Core)-

anewheightforGPUnomenclaturechaos.

LogitechGamingMouseG300

landsinSingapore

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-gaming-mouse-g300-lands-in-

singapore/13804.html

Aswewaitfornext-gen28nmGPUs,NVIDIAispreparing

anupgradeforthepopularGeForceGTX560Ti.Muchlike

theGeForceGTX260wasupgradedtoGTX260(216Core)in

2008,theGTX560TiissettoberevisedasGTX560Ti(448

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TheG300isthelatestinLogitech'slineofG-seriesgaming

Publishedby:VR-Zone

SamsunglaunchesSeries

7GAMERandCHRONOS

notebookPCs

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-launches-series-7-gamer-and-

chronos-notebook-pcs/13803.html

October26th,2011

products,andthisgamingmouseistargetedatPCgamerswho

wantanedgeovertheircompetitors.Itsuitsambidextrous

users,andfeaturesnineprogrammablecontrols,whichletyou

accesskeyboardcommandstobuttonsthatareineasyreach.

SamsunghasannouncedthelaunchoftheirlatestSeries7

GAMERandCHRONOSnotebookPCs.TheSeries7GAMER

notebook(700G)isdesignedtodeliversmartandrichgaming

experience,whiletheSeries7CHRONOSnotebook(700Z)is

madeformaximumperformanceandproductivity.

Samsung Series 7 CHRONOS

TheLogitechGamingMouseG300isdesignedtogivePC

gamersanadvantageoverthecompetition,andfeatures

nineprogrammablecontrols,lettingyoumovekeyboard

commandstobuttonsthatareineasilyaccessible.The

G300canstoreuptothreegameorplayerprofilesinthe

mouse’sonboardmemory,soyoucanrunthemousewithout

softwareorevenmoveitbetweencomputerswithouthaving

toreconfigureeachtime.User-configurablelightingassigns

oneofsevencolorstoeachprofile,soyoucaneasilysee

whichprofileyou’reusing.Themousealsoofferssculpted,

ambidextrousshapethatiscomfortabletouseineitherhand.

TheLogitechGamingMouseG300featuresagaming-grade

2500-DPIopticalsensorthattrackssloworfastmovements

onawidevarietyofsurfaces.Ontopofthat,optionaldrag-

and-dropsoftwaremakesiteasytosettheLogitechGaming

MouseG300upexactlythewayyouwant.Thesoftwarealso

workswithG-Serieskeyboardsandheadsets,soyoucancreate

macrosonceandsharethembetweenyourG-Seriesfamilyof

devices.

PricingandAvailability

TheLogitechGamingMouseG300isexpectedtobeavailable

inSingaporeinendOctober,atasuggestedretailpriceofS

$49.

SamsunghaslauncheditspremiumSeries7CHRONOS

notebookPCwhichisencasedinathinandcompact

aluminumchassis.PoweredbythesecondgenerationIntel

Corei7quad-coreprocessor,itincorporatesExpressCache

technology,providinganextra8GBofflashmemoryon

themotherboard.Thisresultsinafasterstart-upaswell

asincreasesoverallperformance.TheSeries7CHRONOS

alsodeliversmaximumperformancewithitshighquality

display.WithSamsung’s"MAXScreen"technology,theSeries

7CHRONOSallowsuserstoexperienceuptoanextrainch

ofimmerseviewing.TheSamsungSeries7CHRONOS13.3-

inch(700Z3A)isavailableatS$1,688,whilethe15.6-inch

(700Z5A)willretailatS$1,988inmidNovember.

Samsung Series 7 GAMING

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anouncedthatitwillretailthephoneon28Octoberwith

pricesstartingatS$0for16GBand32GBmodels,S$108

forthe64GBmodelfromSingTelretailstoresandonlineat

www.singtelshop.com/iphone.

iPhone

Plans

iFlexiLiteiFlexi

Value

iFlexiPlusiFlexi

Premium

Monthly

S$39.90

S$59.90

S$99.90

S$205

Subscription

Localcalls100

LocalSMS550

Data(Upto12GB

200

650

12GB

500

700

12GB

2,000

2,000

30GB

14.4Mbps)

iPhone4SS$498S$248S$0S$0

16GB

iPhone4SS$668S$368S$98S$0

32GB

iPhone4SS$798S$538S$208S$108

64GB

iPhone4S$400S$120S$0S$0

8GB

SingTelwillalsobeorganizingaspeciallauncheventfor

iPhone4SthisFriday,28OctoberatSuntecConvention

Hall402from12:01amto10:00pm.Beginning26October,

customersmaybookanappointmentonlinetopickuptheir

iPhone4Son28October.SingTelcustomerswillalsobe

abletopre-orderiPhone4Sonlineandenjoyfreedelivery

beginning28October.

NECintroducesnewPX

seriesprofessionalprojector,

PX750U

TheSamsungSeries7GAMERnotebookPCisdesignedto

deliverasmartandrichgamingexperience.Itispowered

byaIntelCorei7quad-coreprocessor;combinedwitha

high-endgamingAMDRadeonHDgraphicscardandan

8GBExpressCachesystem.TheSamsungSeries7GAMER

notebookPCclaimstodeliversuperbgamingspeedsaswellas

arichvisualexperiencethroughits3D17.3-inchLEDdisplay,

withfullhighdefinition1920x1080resolution.Ontopofthat,

thenotebookPCisalsoequippedwiththelatest3Dsurround

sound.TheSamsungSeries7GAMERisavailablenowatS

$2,899.

SingTeltoretailiPhone4Sin

Singaporeon28October2011

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/singtel-to-retail-iphone-4s-in-

singapore-on-28-october-2011/13802.html

October26th,2011

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/nec-introduces-new-px-series-

professional-projector-px750u/13801.html

October26th,2011

TheAppleiPhone4SwillbeavailableinSingaporeon28

October,andlocalmobileoperatorSingTelhasrevealedthe

priceplansforthehighlyanticipatedsmartphone.TheiPhone

4SwillbeavailablestartingatS$0forthe16GBand32GB

models,andS$108forthe64GBmodel.

NECAsiaPacifichasannouncedtheirnewPXseries

professionalprojector,withthePX750Uasthefirstmodel.

Designedforlargevenuesincludingeducation,corporate

andretailenvironments,thePX750Uoffers7500lumens

brightness,stackingcapabilities,edgeblending,optionslot

andintegratednetworkingfunctions.

Thewaitisover,forSingTelmobileusers.Ifyouarethinking

ofgettingtheAppleiPhone4S,themobileoperatorhas

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NECAsiaPacifichasannounceditsnewPXSeriesprofessional

projectorlinewiththeintroductionofthePX750U.Thismodel

isdesignedforlargevenuesrequiringexceptionalbrightness,

suchaseducation,corporateandretailenvironmentswhere

thereisaneedforalargerscreensize.

ThePX750UWUXGA(1900x1200)7500-lumenprojector

isthefirstmodelinNEC’sprojectorlinetoofferOpen

PluggableSpecification(OPS),whichisthefirstindustrywide

standardizationinoptionslotstosimplifyinstallation,use

andmaintenancewhileofferinginputflexibility.Itsupports

multipleinputcards,includinganHD/SD-SDIandsingle

boardcomputer(SBC).ThePX750U’sadvancedinputpanel,

alongwithitspoweredlenscontrols,providestheflexibility

requiredformostinstallations,whileitsCrestronRoomview

technologyallowsuserstodirectlyconnecttheirprojectorto

themanagednetworkformonitoringandcontrol.

Italsofeaturesstackingcorrectioncapabilitythatallowsup

tofourprojectorstobestackedverticallyorhorizontallyto

boosttheimagebrightnessto30,000lumens.WithIntegrated

DeviceTechnologyHQV,ahighperformancevideoprocessing

andscalingsystem,userscanpresentwithsuperiorimage

qualityusingthetechnology’spixel-based,motion-adaptive

de-interlacingtoremoveundesirablemotionartifacts.

ThePXSeriesoffersabundanceofintegratednetworking

functions,suchasRJ45forLANandoptionalhigh-speed

wireless(LANIEEE802.11b/g).WindowsNetworkProjector,

WindowsRemoteDesktop,WindowsNetworkDriveFunction

andWindowsMediaConnectionFunctionarejustafew

ofthenetworkingtoolsthatallowuserstoconnecttothe

sharednetwork,controlanetworkedcomputerthroughthe

projector’sUSBinputanddisplaymultimediafiles.

TheNECPX750UProjectorwithlensisretailingnowatS

$26,688andcomeswithatwo-yearlimitedwarranty

OverviewofthePX750Ufeatures:-

•7500-lumenbrightness(achievedusinga6-segmentcolor

wheel)

•1-ChipDLP-1920x1200WUXGAnativeresolution

•2100:1contrastratio(withDynamicContrast)

•Duallamps

Publishedby:VR-Zone

•Lamplifeupto2500hourswithECOMode

•OpenPluggableSpecificationoptionslotincludinganHD/

SDSDIinputcardandSBC

•ConnectivityincludesHDMI,DisplayPort,threecomputer

inputs,compositeandS-Video

•Centerlensdesignforeaseinretrofittingexisting

installations

•Electroniclensshutter

•Stackingcapability(uptofourprojectors)

•Completelineofsixbayonet-stylelenseswithpoweredzoom,

focusandlensshift(projector/lensbundlesavailable)

•Lensmemorycontrolsthelensattributes(zoom,focus,lens

shift)basedoninputresolutionandinputselection

•WindowsNetworkProjectorFunctiondirectlyconnects

tonetworkedprojectorswithouttheneedforadditional

proprietarysoftware

•WindowsRemoteDesktopFunctionallowsthecontrolofthe

projectorwithakeyboardandmousethroughtheUSBinput

•WindowsNetworkDriveandMediaConnectionfunctions

displaymultimediafiles(.jpeg,.bmp,.png,.mpeg2or.wmv9)

•USBViewerallowsuserstopresentwithouttheuseof

acomputerbydisplayingimagesstoredas.jpgsfroman

optionalUSBmemory

•Cornerstonecorrectionhelpsdisplaytheimageproperly

whentheprojectorissetupatanangletothescreen

•Geometriccorrectionallowstheprojectortodisplaysquare-

lookingimagesoncylindrical,sphericalorcorneredscreens

•Edgeblendingtechnologycreatespanoramicimageswith

multipleprojectors

•DICOMsimulation

•PIP/side-by-sideallowstwosourcestobedisplayedonthe

screenatonetime

•Automatedfeaturessuchasautopower-onviaRGB(15-pin)

input,quickstart(3to4seconds)anddirectpower-off

•Carbonsavingsmetercalculatesthepositiveeffectsof

operatingtheprojectorinECOMode,whichisencouragedby

anoptionalmessageatstartup

•Cabinetcontrollock

•Logolock

•Passwordprotection

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•Emailnotificationstoinformthesystemadministratorwhen

theprojector’slampisapproachingtheendofitsusefullife

DellannouncestheXPS14z

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/dell-announces-the-

xps-14z/13800.html

October26th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

announcedamonthortwoago.Thebigdealhereismeant

tobethenearborderlessdisplay,butifyoulookcloselyat

thepicturebelow,you'llnoticethatalotofthescreenbezelis

actuallyhiddenbehindtheglassthathasbeenputinfrontof

theactualdisplay.Ifwe'renotmistaken,thisiswhatLenovo

callsaninfinitydisplay.

At1.98kgtheXPS14zislighterthanmost14-inchnotebooks,

byamassive100g,orless.Thatsaid,thisincludesan8-cell

batterywhichDellratesatwellover6.5hofusage,although

wewouldn'texpectmorethanaround5hifyouwanttodoany

workonitandthatroughlyequatestothesameasmanyother

6-cellbatterypacks.

Wedon'twanttoberude,butitlookslikeDellhasborrowed

ideasfrommostofitscompetitorsinthenotebookmarket

whenitcomestothedesignandfeaturesofitsnewXPS14z,

anotebookwhichthecompanyclaimsisthethinnest"fully

featured"14-inchlaptopwithabuiltinopticaldrive.Wedon't

knowaboutyou,butopticaldrivesfeelabitlastdecadewhen

itcomestonotebooks,especiallywhenwe'retalkingthinand

lightmodels.

Wedon'twanttoberude,butitlookslikeDellhasborrowed

ideasfrommostofitscompetitorsinthenotebookmarket

whenitcomestothedesignandfeaturesofitsnewXPS14z,

anotebookwhichthecompanyclaimsisthethinnest"fully

featured"14-inchlaptopwithabuiltinopticaldrive.Wedon't

knowaboutyou,butopticaldrivesfeelabitlastdecadewhen

itcomestonotebooks,especiallywhenwe'retalkingthinand

lightmodels.

ThepressreleasefromDellspeaksaboutthethinnessofthe

XPS14z,yetat23mmthick,it'shardlywhatwe'dcallareally

thinnotebook.Sook,theopticaldrivedoestakeupsome

spaceandinallfairness,Dellhasoptedforaslotloading

drive,butthereareequallyslimnotebooksouttherewithan

opticaldrive,leastnotApple'sMacBookProwhichishastobe

Maybewe'rebeingalittlebitunjusthere,butoveralltheXPS

14zdoesn'timpress.We'reallfortheanodizedaluminium

alloychassis,butitsomehowlooksabitcheapandtacky,

especiallywiththepeculiarlookinghinge.SadlyDellonly

offersonetypeofdisplayresolutionfortheXPS14z,namely

abogstandard1366x768screen.ThechoiceofCPUs,atleast

intheUS,startswithaCorei5-2430Mandtopsoutwitha

Corei7-2640M,sonoquadcoreactionhere.Thegraphics

optionsareeitherIntel'sintegratedHD3000graphicsorthe

notmuchfasterGeForce520M,butatleastitcomeswith1GB

ofdedicatedgraphicsmemory.

saidwouldbeacompetitorhere,ifbyfornootherreasonthe

designshavesomethingincommon.

Dependingonthemarketandconfigurationoptions,Dell

willalsosupplyanythingfrom4to8GBofRAM,a500

or750GB7,200rpmharddriveoralternativelya256GB

SSD,GigabitEthernet,Intel802.11a/b/g/nW-FiwithWi-Di

support,Bluetooth3.0,oneUSB2.0port,oneUSB3.0port,

17

DellisalsobangingonabouthowtheXPS14zhasa14-

inchscreenina13-inchformfactor,somethingSamsung

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oneHDMI1.4port,oneminiDisplayPort,apairofaudio

jacks,amemorycardreaderanda1.3Megapixelwebcam.The

specificationsaren'tbad,butconsideringthatthisisDell'snew

high-endconsumernotebook,we'renotblownaway.Wedo

likethebacklit,spillresistantchicletkeyboardandtheside

mountedbatterystatusindicatorthoughandwithastarting

pricepointofUS$999(S$1,265)we'resureDellwillsellthem

bythebucketloadtouserswhocan'taffordaMacBookPro,

butstillyearnsforthatsilverymetallook.TheXPS14zshould

beavailableintheUSfromthe1stofNovember,withtherest

oftheworldfollowingonthe15th.

Forafullrundown,wesuggestyoucheckoutAnandtech's

reviewoftheXPS14z.

ApplerefreshesMacBookPro

lineupwithsmallspecbump

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-refreshes-macbook-pro-lineup-

with-small-spec-bump/13799.html

October26th,2011

IfyouareaWindowsuserthinkingofmakingtheswitch

totheMacplatform,nowmaybeagoodtimetomakethe

switch.TheanticipatedmoveseesAppleselectivelyupgrading

itsMacBookProlineupwithnewprocessors,storageand

graphicschips.Ashasbeenthecasepreviously,pricesforthe

variousmodelshavestayedthesame.

Apple'slow-end13-inchMacBookPronowcomeswitha

2.4GHzdual-coreCorei5processorwitha500GBhard

diskdrive(HDD)atSG$1,648;thehigher-endmodelgetsa

2.8GHzdual-corei7and750GBstorageatSG$2,048.Inthe

meantime,theSG$2,48815-inchMacBookProlineupgetsa

2.2GHzquad-coreCorei7processorwitha500GBHDD,while

theSG$2,988modelgetsaquad-coreCorei7at2.4GHzwith

750GBofstorage.

Finally,the17-inchMacBookProcomeswith2.4GHzquad-

coreCorei7witha750GBHDD.PricedatSG$3,398fora

baseunit,itnowcomeswiththeoptiontoupgradetoa2.5GHz

quad-coreCorei7CPUand512GBsolidstatedrive-bringing

thepricetoawhoopingSG$5,259forthosewithsufficiently

deeppockets.

Allmodelscomewith4GBofmemory,IntelHDGraphics

3000andMacOSXLionpreloaded.Thelow-end15-inch

modelalsoincorporateanAMDRadeonHD6750Mvia

automaticgraphicsswitching,whilethehigh-end15-inchand

17-inchMacBookProscomeswithAMDRadeonHD6770M.

WithIntel'sIvy Bridge expected to arrive in late Q1 or early Q2

next year,Appleisprobablywaitingforthearrivalofthenew

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TSMC's28nminvolume

production

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/tsmc-s-28nm-in-volume-

production/13798.html

October26th,2011

TSMChasannouncedthatitsmuchawaited28nmprocess

isinvolumeproductionandthefirstproductionwafershas

alreadybeenshippedtocustomers.TSMCcurrentlyoffers

28nmtechinthreeforms-28nmHighPerformance(28HP),

28nmHighPerformanceLowPower(28HPL)and28nmLow

Power(28LP).28nmHighPerformanceMobileComputer

(28HPM)isduetobereadyforproductionbytheendofthe

year.

TSMChasannouncedthatitsmuchawaited28nmprocess

isinvolumeproductionandthefirstproductionwafershas

alreadybeenshippedtocustomers.TSMCcurrentlyoffers

28nmtechinthreeforms-28nmHighPerformance(28HP),

28nmHighPerformanceLowPower(28HPL)and28nmLow

Power(28LP).28nmHighPerformanceMobileComputer

(28HPM)isduetobereadyforproductionbytheendofthe

year.

NVIDIAandAMDarebothpreparingnext-genGPUson

TSMC's28nm,presumably28HPand28HPL.Dueto

cancelationof32nmanddelaysfor28nm,40nmhaslivedas

theflagshipprocessforGPUsanunprecedentedovertwoanda

halfyears.ForNVIDIA,AMDandconsumersalike,thevolume

productionof28nmwillbealongbuiltupsighofrelief.

AMDisrumoured to ship its first 28nm GPUs in December,

withNVIDIA following in Q1 2012.However,thefirst

28nmGPUsarelikelytobe"pipe-cleaners",relativelysmall/

mainstreamGPUstotestthenewprocess,withlarger

performance/enthusiastGPUsreleasinglaterin2012.AMDis

alsoplanningtosourcecertainGPUsonitsHD7000linefrom

Globalfoundries'28nmbulkprocesslaterin2012.

IntellaunchestheCore

i7-2700K,reducespricingon

someCPUs

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-launches-the-core-i7-2700k-

reduces-pricing-on-some-cpus/13797.html

October26th,2011

processorsbeforeperformingamoresubstantialrefreshofits

MacBookProfamily.Withthenew22nmprocesscontributing

towardsalowerTDPinthenewCPUs,newdesignsthatmay

justnotbepossiblewithcurrent-genSandyBridgeCPUsmay

wellbeintheworks.

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SonyEricssonhandsetsthis

yearwillgetAndroid4.0Ice

CreamSandwichupgrade

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-handsets-this-year-will-

get-android-4.0-ice-cream-sandwich-upgrade/13796.html

October26th,2011

Sure,Android4.0IceCreamSandwichmaybeout,andthe

SamsungGALAXYNexuswouldbethefirstsmartphonetoget

it.ButSonyEricssonhasalsorevealedontheirFacebookPage

thattheirXperiasmartphoneslaunchedthisyear,willalsoget

theAndroid4.0update.

October26th,2011

Notentirelyunexpected,IntelhaslauncheditsCorei7-2700K

CPUtodaywithlittlefanfareasistypicalforwhenthe

companyputsoutanincrementalupgrade.ThreeofIntel's

otherdesktopCPU'shavebeengivenapricecutbybetween13

and15percentwhichisaprettygenerousdiscount,although

noneofthesemodelsarelikelytogetanyoneexcited.

Notentirelyunexpected,IntelhaslauncheditsCorei7-2700K

CPUtodaywithlittlefanfareasistypicalforwhenthe

companyputsoutanincrementalupgrade.ThreeofIntel's

otherdesktopCPU'shavebeengivenapricecutbybetween13

and15percentwhichisaprettygenerousdiscount,although

noneofthesemodelsarelikelytogetanyoneexcited.

Let'sstartwiththeCorei7-2700K,theofficiallistpriceisUS

$332(S$422),slightlylessthanouranticipated price point,

although$1morethantherumouredpricepoint.Thatsaid,

thisisasalwayswhenitcomestoIntel,inquantitiesof

1,000unitsandaccordingtoImpressAkibaPCHotlinethe

CPUisonsaleinJapanfor27,800Yen,orUS$365(S$464)

whichisactuallyhigherthanourpriceestimation.Therereally

isn'tmuchtoseehereintermsofnewfeatures,astheCore

i7-2700Kissimplyclocked100MHzthantheCorei7-2600K

foraclockspeedof3.5GHzandaTurboclockof3.9GHz.There

shouldn'tbeanyotherdifferences.

GoodnewsforSonyEricssonphoneowners.Forthoseofyou

whohavepurchasedthesmartphonesthisyear,thecompany

hasannouncedthatthenewAndroid4.0IceCreamSandwich

upgradewillbeavailableinthenearfuture.Accordingto

aFacebookpostonSonyEricssonNetherlands,thephone

makerwillbeupgradingallofits2011Androiddevicesto

Android4.0IceCreamSandwichin2012.Thoughnospecific

dateshavebeenmentioned.

Asforthediscountedmodels,we'll,thefastestoneisthe

Corei3-2120whichwasreducedby15percentfromUS$138

toUS$117(S$149)whichatleastmakesita200MHzfaster

alternativetotheCorei3-2100whichcomesinatthesame

pricepoint.NextwehavethePentiumG850whichwas

reducedby13percentfromUS$86toUS$75(S$95),thesame

pricepointastheG840.FinallywehavethePentiumG630

whichwasreducedby15percentfromUS$75toUS$64(S

$81),alsoendingupatthesamepricepointasitsslightly

slowersibling,theG620.Nootherchangesweremadeto

Intel'spricelistandwe'renotexpectinganythingmajorto

happenbeforetheSandyBridge-ElaunchinNovember.

Thetranslateddutchpostreads,"Weareplanningforthe

2011XperiasmartphoneportfolioafterGingerbread2.3.4.

tobeupgradedtothenextAndroidplatform.Theofficial

SonyEricssonstatementonthesoftwareupgradeswillbe

publishedbymyinternationalcolleagues,onourblog:http://

blogs.sonyericsson.com".TheSonyEricssonsmartphones

thatwouldmostlikelygettheAndroid4.0IceCreamSandwich

updateincludetheXpreiaPlay,neoandneoV,XperiaMini

Pro,XperiaArc,XperiaArcSandXperiaRay.

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Google Webmaster Tools.Clickingonanadappearingina

Googlesearchresultspagehowever,will"continuetosend

therelevantqueryoverthenetworktoenableadvertisersto

measuretheeffectivenessoftheircampaignsandtoimprove

theadsandofferstheypresenttoyou."

WebmastersandprofessionalsinvolvedinthefieldofSEO

(SearchEngineOptimization)havequicklyexpressedtheir

concernsthatencryptedwebsearcheffectivelyobfuscates

incomingkeywords.Moreover,thefactthatGoogle'sown

customerswillcontinuetoenjoyunfrettedaccesstothedata

hasfurtherraisedtheireofmany.IfSEOisatopicthatis

rightupyouralley,youmaywanttoreadDannySullivanvery

detailedpostaboutitsfullrepercussionshere.

Epsonlaunchesworld's

smallestall-in-oneprinter

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/epson-launches-world-s-smallest-all-

in-one-printer/13790.html

October26th,2011

Epsonthisweeklaunchedtheworld'ssmallestall-in-one

inkjetprinterthatoffersoutstandingbusinessvaluethrough

higherperformanceandlowerrunningcosts.Thecompany

saysthattheMEOffice535(Nicknamedthe"small-in-one")

hasbeenspecificallydesignedtohelpconservevaluablespace

withitsultra-compactandattractivechassis,afeaturethat

shouldbewelcomedbymostSOHO(SmallOffice/Home

Office)users.

"Weliveinasocietywherespaceconstraintsareaconstant

challengeandwewantedtoaddressthisbydesigningand

developingaprinterthatwaseconomicalinsize,andyetdid

notcompromiseonqualityandperformance,"saysTanMay

Lin,GeneralManager,EpsonSingapore."Weareconfident

thatthenewMEOffice535fitsthatbill."

Intermsofperformance,theMEOffice535deliversoptimum

qualityprintsusingME141inksatalowrunningcostof

only$0.05centsperpageformonochromeprinting.When

comparedwithitspredecessor-theEpsonStylusTX22,Epson

saystheMEOffice535uses19%fewercomponents,is39%

smallerinoverallsizeand24%smallerinfootprint.

AllnewprintersfromEpsonconsumeupto70%less

powerthanconventionallaserprintersandareEnergyStar

certified.Thismeansthatconsumersnotonlysavemoneyon

consumables,butcanalsodotheirpartfortheenvironment

bychoosingaproductthatresultinalowercarbonfootprint.

ThekeyspecificationsoftheOffice535aresummedupinthe

tablebelow:

October26th,2011

M1SingaporeunveilsApple

iPhone4Spriceplans

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/m1-singapore-unveils-apple-iphone-4s-

price-plans/13792.html

October26th,2011

TelecommunicationoperatorM1has

announcedthatthehighlyanticipatedAppleiPhone4Swill

retailinSingaporeon28October,withvariouspriceplansand

monthlysubscriptionsstartingfromaslowasS$36.More

detailsinside.

Googlerollsoutencrypted

Websearchasdefaultoption

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-rolls-out-encrypted-web-

search-as-default-option/13791.html

October26th,2011

Googleearlierthisweekannouncedthatitwillbeencrypting

Websearchesbydefault.Writingonthecompany'sofficial

blog,productmanagerEvelynKaodescribedthemoveas

onetakentoencouragetheindustrytoadoptstronger

securitystandards.Inanutshell,themovemeansthatusers

whoinitiateasearchfromwww.google.comandwhoare

signedintotheirGoogleAccountwillbeautomaticallyand

transparentlyredirectedtotheencryptedversionofthesearch

engine.

Googlefirst rolled out an encrypted search servicelastyearat

https://www.google.comasabetatobetterprotectsecurity-

conscioususers.Thethreatofdatasnoopingisnotafar-

fetchedproblemeither,giventheincreasingnumberofusers

logginginfromWi-Fihotspots.Themajorityofsuchwireless

accesspointsdonothavewirelessencryptedenabled,which

meansthatsomeonewiththerighttoolswillbeabletosnoop

onanytrafficthatisnotexplicitlyprotectedbyencryption

methodssuchasVPNtunnelsorSSL.

Thebenefitforusersisobvioushere-connectingtothe

encryptedversionofGooglewillhelpensurethatsearch

termsstayprivate.Itisimportanttonotehowever,thatthe

movedoesnotextendtocountry-specificdomains,suchas

www.google.com.sgandwww.google.com.my.Itwillalsonot

workifyoudonothaveaGoogleAccount,orarecurrently

loggedout.Ofcourse,manuallytypingin"https://"willalso

bringyoutotheencryptedversionofGoogleSearch.

Kaonotedthatwebsitesthatreceivevisitorsfromits

encryptedsearcheswillnotbeabletoobtaininformation

aboutindividualqueries.Instead,thesesiteswillreceivean

aggregatedlistofthetop1,000searchqueriesthatdrove

traffictotheirsiteforeachofthepast30daysthrough

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TheEpsonMEOffice535Inkjetisavailableatallauthorised

retailersinSingaporeforarecommendedretailpriceof$148

fromOctober2011.

Update:DimensionsoftheMEOffice535(WxDxH):390mm

(15.4")x300mm(11.8")x145mm(5.7")

ASUSshowcasesEeePad

TransformerPrimeatAsiaD

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

prime-at-asiad/13789.html

October26th,2011

AttheAsiaD:AllThingsDigitaleventinHongKong,ASUS

chairmanJohnnyShihtalkedabouttheUltrabookandalso

showcasedthenewEeePadTransformerPrimeAndroid

tablet.TheASUSEeePadTransformerPrimeclaimstobe

theworld’sfirsttablettoincorporateProjectKal-El,NVIDIA’s

next-generationquad-coreTegramobileprocessor.

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upgradestoAndroid4.0IceCreamSandwichmobile

operatingsystem.

UnprintableContent(Video,Flash,etc.)

EVGASR3(SuperRecord3)

Cometh

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/evga-sr3-super-record-3-

cometh/13788.html

October26th,2011

It'sbeenonthebackdropsatthisyear'sComputexevent,

whereclosetoeverymotherboardmakershowedoffits

LGA2011wares.Ithadbeenwrittenoffafterrumorsspread

ofattritionamongsomeofits"key"designers.TodayEVGA

hasrisenlikeaphoenixfromtheashes.Itslatestdisclosure,of

theEVGASuperRecord3(SR3)ismoreofastatementthan

anything,thatEVGAisstillverymuchthekingofultra-high

endmotherboards.

It'sbeenonthebackdropsatthisyear'sComputexevent,

whereclosetoeverymotherboardmakershowedoffits

LGA2011wares.Ithadbeenwrittenoffafterrumorsspread

ofattritionamongsomeofits"key"designers.TodayEVGA

hasrisenlikeaphoenixfromtheashes.Itslatestdisclosure,of

theEVGASuperRecord3(SR3)ismoreofastatementthan

anything,thatEVGAisstillverymuchthekingofultra-high

endmotherboards.

TheASUSEeePadTransformerPrimewasrecentlyshowcased

attheAsiaDeventinHongKong,andtheAndroidtablet

claimstobetheworld’sfirsttabletfeaturingProjectKal-El,

NVIDIA’snext-generationquad-coreTegramobileprocessor

whichcandeliversuperbperformancewithlowpower

consumption.TheEeePadTransformerPrimesportsaslim

formfactorthatisthinnerthanitspredecessor,andhas

ametallicspunfinishwithcomfortablegrip.Itwillalso

comewithaconvenientdockwithkeyboard,touchpad,other

expandabilityoptionsandadditionalbatterylife.

ThereisnowordastowhentheASUSEeePadTransformer

Primewillbeofficiallylaunch,thoughaccordingtoASUS

chairmanJonneyShih,therewillbeaglobalannouncement

abouttheAndroidtableton9November.Fromwhatwe

gathered,theASUSEeePadTransformerPrimewould

probablycomewithAndroid3.xHoneycomb,andfuture

TheSR3,goingwithtradition,isa2Phigh-enddesktop/

workstationmotherboardintheE-ATXform-factor.It

featurestwoLGA2011sockets,whichcanhold2P-capable

XeonprocessorsintheLGA2011package,thoughwehaveto

waitandseeifatleastthetop-endCorei7"SandyBridge-

E"chipsturnouttobe2P-capable.Socket0iswiredto

eightDDR3DIMMslots(twoperchannel),whilesocket1has

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four(oneperchannel).Thisshowsthatthetwosocketscan

beasymmetricallypopulatedwithDIMMs,like2PLGA1366

systems.

TherearetwoBGAchips,atleastoneofthemisaplatform

controllerhub(PCH).TherearesevenPCI-Expressx16slots,

outofwhich,fourarePCI-Express3.0x16capable,every

slotisPCI-Express3.0x8capable.Ofcourse,4-wayNVIDIA

SLIissupported.Intermsofstorageconnectivity,there

are,accordingtoEVGA,14SATAports.Otherconnectivity

includes8+2channelHDaudio,twoGbEconnections,USB

3.0,eSATA,Bluetooth,andEVBotconnections.

Movingontothingsthatactuallymakethisanenthusiast

product,umm...wheredowestart?EachCPUsocketis

poweredbya6+1phasedigitalPWMpowersupplydriven

byCPLinductors,andVolterraPWMcircuitry.Thememory

inturnispoweredby8-phasedigitalPWMcircuitry.Apart

fromthe24-pinATXconnector,powerisdrawninbytwo8-

pinEPS,andthree6-pinPCIeconnectors,soyoucanimagine

powerdeliverytoberobust.ThereiseveryEVGA-exclusive

featureyoucanimagine,startingfromDIPswitchesthatlet

youtogglePCI-ExpressslotsandSATAports,consolidated

voltagemeasurementpoints,EVBotsupport(themodule

couldevencomebundled),fullPOSCAPdesign,andaUEFI

firmwarewitheveryoptionarecord-seekingoverclockercould

possiblytinkerwith.

The9establishesRed5

Singaporetooperategame

operationsinAsia,including

Firefall

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/the9-establishes-red-5-singapore-to-

operate-game-operations-in-asia-including-firefall/13787.html

October26th,2011

Thismorning,China'sonlinegamedeveloperandoperator

The9hasannouncedtheestablishmentofRed5Singapore

forconductingonlinegameoperationsandresearchand

developmentactivitiesinAsiaandotherregions.Firefall,

Red5Studio'sfirstteam-basedactionshootergamewillbe

developedinlocalizedversionsforothercountriesasideNorth

AmericaandEurope.

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ScheduledtolaunchinDecember2011,Firefallisafree-to-

playcooperativeshootersetinasciencefictionworld,and

claimstobetheonlyco-opgameplaythatsupportshundreds

ofplayersatatime.Thegameoffersvariousquests,missions,

battlegroundsandevenallowsyoutocustomizeyourgearsand

abilities.Youcanalsochoosetopurchaseoptionalaesthetic

enhancements.

ThenewlyestablishedRed5Singaporewillberesponsible

fortheoperationofFirefallinothercountriesasidefrom

NorthAmericaandEurope,andthefocuswillbeonthe

Asianmarketsfirst.Red5Singaporewillalsodeveloplocalized

versionsofFirefallaccordingtotheprogressofthegamein

eachcountryinAsiaregion,andThe9andRed5Studios

willsupportRed5Singaporewithtalentrecruitment,capital

investment,technologyandotherresources.

Attheopeningoftheevent,JunZhu,chiefexecutiveofficer

ofThe9,sharedthestoryofamissedopportunityin2001

withMarkKernofBlizzardEntertainmentonthepurchase

ofBlizzardEntertainment'sshares.Andin2008,Zhumetup

withKernwhoshowedhimtheslides,gameconceptsand

futuredevelopmentplansforFirefall.Andthistime,Zhu

decidednottomissthesecondopportunityandbothsigned

theagreementsinSingapore.

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-SharingofcontentonFacebookandTwitter

-ViewingvideosfromSPF

-Viewingcrimestatisticsaroundyourneighbourhood

ThePolice@SGiPhoneAppisfreeandwillbeavailablefor

downloadfromtheiTunesStorenextweek.

WiththePoliceLife@SGiPadApp,youcannowaccessthe

electronicversionofPLMmagazine.Youcanviewthevideos

relatedtothearticlesyouarereading,andalsoconveniently

accessPolice’ssocialmediachannelsonFacebook,YouTube,

TwitterandRazorTV.

ThePoliceLife@SGiPadAppisfreetodownloadandis

availablenowontheAppleiTunesStore.Simplysearchfor

“PoliceLife@SG”intheiTunesStore’ssearchbar.

October26th,2011

SingaporePoliceForce

launchesPolice@SgiPhone

andPoliceLife@SGiPadapps

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/singapore-police-force-launches-

police-sg-iphone-and-policelife-sg-ipad-apps/13786.html

October26th,2011

TheSingaporePoliceForce(SPF)haslaunchedits

mobileapplications,Police@SGfortheAppleiPhoneand

PoliceLife@SGfortheiPad.ThePolice@SGiPhoneappis

designedtoprovidepublicquickaccesstoinformationand

servicesonthegoincludingcrimenews,viewingvideosand

sharingcontentonFacebookandTwitter.Bothappsarefree

todownloadfromtheAppleiTunesstore.

OCZlaunchesIndilinxbased

OctaneSSDs

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-launches-indilinx-based-octane-

ssds/13785.html

October26th,2011

BesidesOCZ'smSATASSDs,wehaven'tseenanythingbased

onIndilinxcontrollerssinceOCZboughtIndilinxbackin

March,well,thatwasuntiltodaywhenOCZannouncedits

newOctaneseriesofSSDsbasedonthenewIndilinxEverest

controller.ThenewSSDcontrollernotonlyoffersSATA6Gbps

supportandofcourseaddedperformance,butit'salsoIndilinx

firstSSDcontrollerthatsupports2Xnmflashmemory.

BesidesOCZ'smSATASSDs,wehaven'tseenanythingbased

onIndilinxcontrollerssinceOCZboughtIndilinxbackin

March,well,thatwasuntiltodaywhenOCZannouncedits

newOctaneseriesofSSDsbasedonthenewIndilinxEverest

controller.ThenewSSDcontrollernotonlyoffersSATA6Gbps

supportandofcourseaddedperformance,butit'salsoIndilinx

firstSSDcontrollerthatsupports2Xnmflashmemory.

SowhatcanweexpectfromOCZ'snewOctanelineofSSDs?

Well,it'sabitofastrangeone,asOCZhaslaunchedtwo

differentSKUs,onethatsupportsSATA6Gbpsandone

thatsupportsSATA3Gbpsandassuchwe'regettingvastly

differentperformancenumbers.AssuchOCZistargeting

theOctaneline-upforbothmainstreamandperformance

applicationsandtheperformancenumbersquotedbyOCZare

quiteimpressive,butmoreonthatinasecond.Let'sstartwith

acloserlookattheEverestcontroller.

ThereEverestcontrollerisbasedonanunspecifieddualcore

ARMprocessorthatsupportsupto8channelsofONFI2.0

orToggle1.0flashmemoryatspeedsofupto200MT/sand

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Today,theSingaporePoliceForce(SPF)hasannouncedthe

launchofitsmobileapplications,Police@SGoniPhoneand

PoliceLife@SGfortheiPad.ThePolice@SGiPhoneappis

oneoftwoapplicationsthePolicehavedevelopedthisyear

toprovidemembersofthepublicconvenientaccesstouseful

informationandservicesonthego.ThePoliceLife@SGon

iPadAppallowsuserstoreadPolice’sin-housemagazine–

PoliceLifeMonthly(PLM)–usingtheiPad.Bothapplications

areshowcasedaspartoftheexhibitionsofthe“Enjoyinga

DigitalLifestyle2011”eventatHDBToaPayohHub.

ThedevelopmentsrepresentabreakthroughinPolice’s

ongoingeffortstoleverageonsocialmediaandmobile

technologytoreachouttothetechsavvypublic.TheSingapore

PoliceForcehopestogalvanisetheonlinecommunityinto

actionandparticipatinginPolice’sinitiativesandprogrammes

tofightcrime.Thelawenforcementagencybelievesthat

everyonecanplayaparttokeeptheneighbourhoodssafeand

secure.

ThePolice@SGiPhoneAppprovidesup-to-datecrimealerts

andcrimepreventionadvisoriesevenwhenyou'reonthe

move.Keyfeaturesinclude:

-Latestcrimenews,Policeappealsforinformationand

missingpersons

-LocatingthenearestPolicestationfromyourcurrentlocation

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16-wayinterleaving.Thecontrollerhasbeenoptimizedfor4K

and16Kcompressedfilesandhighsequentialspeeds.Indilinx

isstillrelyingonexternalcachingforitsSSDcontrollers

andtheEverestispairedupwith512MBof400MHzDDR3

DRAM.OtherfeaturesincludeIndilinxproprietarynDurance

technologywhichclaimstoincreasetheNANDflashlifeby

uptotwicethatofcompetingsolutions,fastboottechnology

whichasthenamesuggestsreducesboottime,TRIMsupport

andbackgroundgarbagecollection,NCQsupportupto32

queuedepthandofcourseSMARTsupport.

WhatallthisaddsuptoaresomeprettyspeedySSDswith

theSATA6GbpsOctaneSKUhittingsequentialreadspeeds

ofupto560MB/smakingitoneofthefastestSSD'sout

thereintermsofreadperformance.Onthewritesidethings

slowdownabitwithspeedsofupto400MB/s,notquite

SandForceterritory,butwe'llhavetowaitforsomerealworld

benchmarksbeforewecantellhowwellitreallyperforms.

Movingonto4Krandomreadswe'relookingat45kIOPS,on

parwithCrucial'sm4SSDwiththeMarvellcontroller,butstill

slowerthanSandForce.

AsfortheSATA3GbpsSKUwe'relookingatfast,but

farfrommindblowingperformancewithasequentialread

performanceof275MB/sandwriteperformanceof265MB/s,

enoughtobeatoffIntel's320-serieswithease.The4Krandom

writeperformanceshouldreachupto30kIOPS,againbetter

thanIntel,butnotsomethingthat'llsetanyone'sworldonfire.

OCZwillbeofferingbothSKUsinsizesfrom128GBto1TB,

butthemaximumperformanceshouldalreadyhavebeen

reachedwiththe128GBmodelsduetothewaytheEverest

controllerworks.OCZhasn'tgoneoutwithofficialpricingas

yet,butestimationsofbetweenUS$1.10andUS$1.30perGB

isexpectedfortheOctaneseries.

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