VR-Zone Tech News for the Geeks Nov 2011 Issue 2

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A monthly roundup of VR-Zone.com Technology News covering facebook, google, apple, baidu, social media, PC, gadget, geek, technology, intel, microsoft, AMD, NVIDIA, ARM, iphone, android, internet

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November 4th, 2011 Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific has announced the launch of their Fujitsu LIFEBOOK SH771 designed for professionals and users who want a portable laptop with good performance and long battery life. The LIFEBOOK SH771 claims to be the thinnest and lightest 13.3-inch two-spindle LIFEBOOK, weighing just 1.33kg in a sturdy magnesium alloy body that can withstand up to 200kgf of force, and offers an extended battery life of up to 14 hours. Users can choose between an Intel Core i7 or i5 processor with 500GB 7200rpm hard disk drive and 4GB RAM for superb computingperformanceandsmartmulti-taskingfeatures.The LIFEBOOK SH771 is also equipped with an USB Anytime Charging plus feature and a USB 3.0 port that allows you to effectively charge your smart phone, PlayStation Portable, MP3 players and other devices, without powering up the notebook PC. Other features include DTS Boost that can deliversuperbaudioexperienceandclarityinsound,andIntel Wireless Display that allows users to wirelessly connect to a large screen High Definition (HD) TV for sharing of picturess and videos with family and friends. The Fujitsu LIFEBOOK SH771 is retailing from S$2,288 w/ GST and will be available from early November 2011. Nokia to move from Qualcomm to ST-Ericsson for Windows Phone chips Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-to-move-from-qualcomm-to-st- ericsson-for-windows-phone-chips/13863.html November 4th, 2011 In a surprising announcement it has come to light that ST- Ericsson will soon be part of the Windows Phone ecosystem which so far has been the sole playing ground for Qualcomm. ST-Ericsson has been selected by none other than Nokia to become its supplier of SoCs for its future Windows Phone handsets. In a surprising announcement it has come to light that ST- Ericsson will soon be part of the Windows Phone ecosystem which so far has been the sole playing ground for Qualcomm. ST-Ericsson has been selected by none other than Nokia to become its supplier of SoCs for its future Windows Phone handsets. The press release issued by ST-Ericsson is short and virtually free of details and if it wasn't for the fact that the company mentions its NovaThor platform, it could simply have been that ST-Ericsson would've been selected to provide modem solutionstoNokia,somethingthattheyoffertoalotofhandset manufacturers. The NovaThor platform is an entirely different ballgame though, especially as it reveals a lot about the future of Windows Phone. Currently ST-Ericsson's NovaThor platform only includes dual core Cortex-A9 based SoCs, all with ARM 13 Published by: VR-Zone Mali-400 MP graphics which means that we're looking at chips that are up there with the cutting edge of current ARM solutions. But what's even more interesting is that the company is already sampling its next generation Cortex-A9 SoCswhichwillbebuilton32nmandwillberunningatspeeds of up to 1.8GHz. As if that wasn't good enough, the company should also be close to start sampling its 28nm Cortex-A15 based SoCs with clock speeds of up to 2.5GHz and next generation PowerVR graphics which supports DirectX. This makes us wonder if this platform might be destined for a future Nokia Windows tablet or not, as the company's CEO Stephen Elop has hinted at the fact that the company might be interested in building a Windows 8 tablet. It's easy to speculate as to what may or may not happen, but one thing is clear unless ST-Ericsson got ahead of itself, the Windows Phone platform is finally going to get support for better hardware than Qualcomm's rather dull single core offerings. Competition with regards to the phone internals is also a good thing as it's likely to finally bring out a major differentiator between the various Windows Phone devices. Hands on pictures of Gigabyte's upcoming X79 motherboards Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hands-on-pictures-of-gigabyte-s- upcoming-x79-motherboards/13862.html November 4th, 2011 VR-Zone got to spend a little bit of time with Gigabyte's upcoming motherboard for (as we were informed by Gigabyte who in turn had been instructed by Intel to tell us that we should call it) the Intel Core i7 processor family for the LGA 2011 socket, otherwise known under Intel's code name of Sandy Bridge-E. We've already seen Gigabyte's X79 motherboards a few times, but these are the first detailed pictures and as such we have a few additional snippets of information to share with you. VR-Zone got to spend a little bit of time with Gigabyte's upcoming motherboard for (as we were informed by Gigabyte who in turn had been instructed by Intel to tell us that we should call it) the Intel Core i7 processor family for the LGA 2011 socket, otherwise known under Intel's code name of Sandy Bridge-E. We've already seen Gigabyte's X79 motherboards a few times, but these are the first detailed pictures and as such we have a few additional snippets of information to share with you.

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November 4th, 2011 Starting with the X79-UD3 we don't have too much new to report, but we know for sure that we're looking at a couple of additional Marvell controllers for the extra four SATA 6Gbps ports. Another feature we weren't aware of until now is that A third Marvell controller adds the two eSATA ports and as we mentioned before, Gigabyte has moved over to Fresco Logic for the USB 3.0 host controllers on its X79 boards. Sadly Fresco Logic's four port host controller wasn't ready in time, so multiple controllers had to be used. This is also the only of Gigabyte's X79 motherboards that lacks a heatpipe, but to make up for it a taller heatsink has been fitted to help cool the VRM. 14 Published by: VR-Zone Moving on we have the X79-UD5 and we'd like to point out that the heatsink in this case is quite different to the UD3 and we're not talking about the blue colour here. Due to in part the heatpipe running from the VRM to the heatsink and in part to the two different coloured materials used, Gigabyte has fitted a much thicker and more solid feeling heatsink on the UD5, eventhoughitmightnotlooklikeit'sanythingspecialfromthe pictures. As we mentioned before, the UD5 is Gigabyte's only eight DIMM board, although this is at the cost of the seventh expansionslot.Weshouldalsomentionthatthisisthereareno PCI Express switches on this board, as it's configured in dual x16 and a single x8 slot and as there are enough PCI Express lanes to go around, there's no need for any switches. Gigabyte has moved away from Realtek on all of its X79 motherboards in favour of Intel Ethernet controllers. That said, the audio is still from Realtek, but that's more or less the norm today, no matter what motherboard you buy with a few exceptions. For those still using FireWire, this is also Gigabyte's only X79 motherboard that supports FireWire. You'll also find an eSATAp (powered eSATA/USB combo) port around the back. As we mentioned back at the IDF preview, that blue and green button below the O.C. button around the back is in fact for manual BIOS switching. There's also what appears to be a small clear CMOS button here. Otherwise this board offers fairly similar functionality to the UD3.

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November 4th, 2011 AMD gains CPU market share in Q3 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-gains-cpu-market-share-in- q3/13860.html November 4th, 2011 Canon Christmas Gift Ideas Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-christmas-gift-ideas/13859.html Published by: VR-Zone November 4th, 2011 Christmas is just round the corner, and Canon has come up with some gift ideas from compacrt digital cameras, video camcordersanddigitalSLRcamerasforyourfriendsandloved ones, be they ladies, teens or photo enthusiasts. For Ladies and Teens The12.1-megapixelIXUS230HSisaslenderandchiccompact camerawhichclaimstobetheworld’sslimmestwith8xoptical zoom. With the IXUS 230 HS you can take great party shots with the Smart Auto feature that can automatically focuses on the subject and the background, creating ideal scenes for eachphoto.RecommendedretailpriceoftheCanonIXUS230 HS - S$399. According to Mercury Research, AMD has gained market share year-over-year in Q3 2011, up by 0.5% to 18.8%. Intel's market share, meanwhile, dropped to 80.3%. Overall shipments were up 5% versus Q3 2010. According to Mercury Research, AMD has gained market share year-over-year in Q3 2011, up by 0.5% to 18.8%. Intel's market share, meanwhile, dropped to 80.3%. Overall shipments were up 5% versus Q3 2010. However, sequential marketshareincreasedforIntel,from79.9%inQ2.AMD'sfell from 19.4% during the same period. This drop is largely due to severe supply shortages for Llano at Globalfoundries' 32nm process. In view of this shortage, AMD chose to prioritize on the mobile market. This lead to a higher growth in mobile shipments for AMD compared to desktops. The average CPU price increased to $107 - the highest in five years. The Canon PowerShot S95 is a heavyweight compact with revolutionary HS system that makes it excellent in low-light situations. It features a range of features like High Dynamic Range(HDR)mode,10-megapixelresolution,afastf2.0zoom and a hybrid IS system for advanced image stabilisation. In short, the PowerShot S95 is the ultimate travel companion. 15

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November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The EOS 600D is powered by an 18-megapixel high image quality CMOS sensor and the powerful DIGIC 4 image processor, allowing photos to be created into gallery masterpieces even after cropping them. Choose from two kits with different lenses to give you the look you want to achieve. TheCanonEOS60Dincorporatesan18-megapixelAPS-Csize CMOS sensor with a dynamic DiGIC 4 image processor for taking breathtaking photos. It comes with a 3-inch wide Vari- AngleLCDscreen,andletsyouediteasilywithIn-camerapost processing.RecommendedRetailPriceoftheCanonEOS60D -S$ 1,699 with EFS18-55 lens, S$2,049 with EF S18-135 lens, and S$2,199 with EF S18-200 lens. For New Parents and family Recommended retail price of the Canon PowerShot S95 - S $599. For Techies and Photo Enthusiasts The Canon LEGRIA FS406 is a user-friendly standard definition camcorder. It has a Video Snapshot and a Pre REC function to ensure users capture key moments even if record button was pressed three seconds later.Parents do not need to worry about shaky videos of juniors since the Electronic image Stabilizer with Dynamic Mode eliminates shakes. Recommended retail price of the Canon LEGRIA FS406 - S$499. With Scene Intelligent Auto feature in this camera, it can deliver full HD recording in up to 30fps. Recommended Retail Price of the Canon EOS 600D - S$ 1,199 with EF S18-55 IS II lens, and S$1,549 with EF S18-135 IS II lens. The latest Canon PIXMA MG8270 all-in-one will suit everyone’s needs from home office, to creative photo prints, copy, scanning and faxing. It features Intelligent Touch System and a 3.5-inch LCD display that provides a variety of creative printing options for digital images and high definition movie stills. The MG8270 is also enabled with PIXMA Cloud Link and can easily print photo from online albums, access stationery templates directly from the printer, or print Gmail messages or Google Docs from smartphone or tabletviaGoogleCloudPrint.Recommendedretailpriceofthe Canon PIXMA MG8270 - TBA. SingTel launches deF!ND digital concierge app for iPhone and Android Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/singtel-launches-def-nd-digital- concierge-app-for-iphone-and-android/13858.html 16

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Published by: VR-Zone 17 November 4th, 2011 November 4th, 2011 Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has launched a new digital concierge app for the iPhone and Android devices, whichallowsuserstobookcabs,makerestaurantreservations, purchase movie tickets and even find amenities in their vicinity easily. On top of that, deF!ND also comes with a voice recognition feature for you to find your local food and ethnic restaurants just by saying it out. SingTel has unveiled deF!ND, which claims to be the company's first intelligent mobile concierge app that integrates local information and allows bookings of services that Singaporeans find essential while on the move. The app alsohasavoicerecognitioncapabilityforlocalfoodandethnic restaurants and it is available at no charge from the Apple App Store and the Android Marketplace. With deF!ND, users can book cabs, make restaurant reservations, buy movie tickets, locate ATMs, medical clinics and other essential amenities around their vicinities, as well as find the best shopping deals, search business directories and get updates on local events. deF!ND search categories include: Taxi Bookings Food around me Movies Book me a restaurant Business directory - Food and drink - Shopping and retail - Computers and electronics - Home and garden - Banking and finance - Business and professional services - Groceries and liquor - Sports and recreation - Medical and dental services - Government and organisations - Arts and entertainment - Pets - Real Estate and housing - Automotive and Motorcycles - Legal services - Travel and transportation - Education - Personal services Amenities - ATM - Banks - Clinics - Minimarts - Car Repair and Services - Florist - Hospitals / Polyclinics - Laundry Service - Money Changer - Singapore Pools - Petrol Kiosk - Courier and Postal Services - Supermarket Hot Deals - Men’s apparel and accessories - Ladies apparel and accessories - Beauty and Spa

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November 4th, 2011 - Electronics and appliances - Children and infant wear - Home and garden - Restaurants Events - Featured events - Performing arts - Fairs and festivals - Kids and family - Leisure and Sport - Night Out Samsung introduces NX200 mirrorless compact system interchangeable lens camera Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-introduces-nx200- mirrorless-compact-system-interchangeable-lens-camera/13857.html November 4th, 2011 Samsunghasintroducedtheirnewmirrorlesscompactsystem interchangeable lens camera, the NX200, which boasts professional image quality with great ease of use. The NX200 is fully compatible with nine different i-Function lenses with new lenses for the i-Function system including 18-200mm, 16mm, 60mm and 85mm focal lengths. Published by: VR-Zone Samsung has launched the NX200, a new compact system camera that delivers professional standard photography, promising an easy experience. The NX200 delivers DSLR quality imaging in a camera that is compact and easy-to- use. The camera incorporates a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that provides high quality image with great details. For high speed capture, the NX200 can achieve 100ms Advanced AF speed. With its Fast Boot and seven frames per second continuous shooting, you can rest assured not to miss a shot. In addition, the camera offers a wide range ISO (100-12800) that gives natural colours and sharp details, even in dark environments or when capturing fast moving objects. The NX200 also features 1920x1080/30p (H.264) high definition movie recording with stereo sound. The compact system camera is compatible with i-Function 2.0 lenses, which gives control to a range of parameters from the lens, providing complete focus on a shot. The NX200 is also compatible with nine different i-Function lenses which enable toggling between shutter speed, aperture, EV, WB, and ISO quickly and easily. With the upgraded i-Function 2.0 on the NX200, you can control six different Smart Filters and the intelli-Zoom function from the lens whilst in Lens Priority Mode. New lenses for the i-Function system include 18-200mm, 16mm, 60mm and 85mm focal lengths. WiththenewPanoramafunction,itprovideslengthenedshots of large objects or converts the image into 3D and brings the object to life. The NX200 also comes with the added Sound Picture function, a snippet of sound can be recorded to a still image to include interesting memories to a shot. The Samsung NX200 (with 18-55mm i-Function 2.0 lens) is available at S$1,099. Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega wireless gaming headset available now Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/creative-sound-blaster-tactic3d-omega- wireless-gaming-headset-available-now/13856.html November 4th, 2011 Creative Technology has announced the availability of their Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega wireless gaming headset, designed to provide superb audio quality for an immersive gaming experience. The Tactic3D Omega wireless gaming headset is now available at the Creative online store, the CREATIVE Stores outlets and authorized retailers. 18

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November 4th, 2011 Creative Technology has announced the availability of the new Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless Gaming Headset.TheSoundBlasterTactic3DOmegaWirelessGaming Headset can connect wirelessly to an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC or Mac, and delivers superior audio quality via a powerful FullSpectrum 50mm drivers for animmersive gaming experience. The Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless Gaming Headset also features a detachable noise- canceling microphone for clear voice communications. With the included software, PC and Mac gamers can experience THX TruStudio Pro audio technology to customize their own gaming audio settings and profile. Key Features - Award-winning wireless technology delivers low latency and lack of interference with other wireless products in the home - Full Spectrum tunable 50mm audio drivers for great audio performance - Independent voice and game volume controls directly on the earcups - Optimised lightweight design for marathon game play - Detachable noise-canceling microphone allows headset to be used as great-sounding headphones - Comfortable, durable design with customisable illuminated earcups -Includesabasestation,whichfeaturesaline-intoexpandthe capabilities of the headset, making it ideal for use with media streamers, TVs or MP3 players Pricing and Availability The Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless Gaming Headset will be available at the Creative online store at sg.store.creative.com and The CREATIVE Stores outlets at International Business Park, Marina Square and authorised dealers in Singapore from Nov 2011 onwards at the following suggested retail price S$269. Published by: VR-Zone Biostar's TPower X79 smiles for the camera Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/biostar-s-tpower-x79-smiles-for-the- camera/13855.html November 4th, 2011 There seems to be no end to the X79 motherboards that are being shown off ahead of the official launch which is now less than two weeks away and pictures of Biostar's upcoming X79 boardwhichwillbecalledtheTPowerX79hasnowmadetheir way online. We don't have tons of details on this board and have to simply go with what we can deduct from the pictures, so sadly this won't be the most detailed look at the board There seems to be no end to the X79 motherboards that are being shown off ahead of the official launch which is now less than two weeks away and pictures of Biostar's upcoming X79 boardwhichwillbecalledtheTPowerX79hasnowmadetheir way online. We don't have tons of details on this board and have to simply go with what we can deduct from the pictures, so sadly this won't be the most detailed look at the board. First impression of the TPower X79 is a messy board with a somewhat peculiar board layout. There are a pair of red x16 PCI Express slots as well as a white one, although we're not sure if the white slot is somewhat different or not. The markings on the board read PCI Express 2.0, rather than 3.0 which is also somewhat strange. There's also a pair of x1 PCI Express slots and a single PCI slot and we can't say that we're sold on Biostar's slot layout in this case. The six white SATA ports are presumably connected to the X79 chipset, although there's no simple way of telling which two ports are SATA 6Gbps. There's also a seventh SATA port in red just next to the main block of ports. Biostar has gone overboardwhenitcomestopowerdeliverywithapairof8-pin 12VpowerconnectorsaswellasaMolexconnector,something overclockersmightfindusefulthough.They'vealsoputasmall shield over the audio codec, but there's no special components 19

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November 4th, 2011 hiding underneath the shield as seen on a different picture at the source. The rear I/O consist of a PS/2 port, two USB 2.0 ports, no less than six USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, a Gigabit Ethernet port and 7.1-channel audio with optical and coaxial S/PDIF out. The board also has a pin header for a pair of front USB 3.0 ports and power, reset and clear CMOS buttons as well as a POST80 debug LED display. We don't know what USB 3.0 controllers Biostar is using on this board, but we'd guess it's ASMedia as it looks like there's a chip for each pair of USB 3.0 pots. Not a bad show, but not our first choice either. Intel leaks the DX79SI on its own website Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-leaks-the-dx79si-on-its-own- website/13854.html November 4th, 2011 Look what we found, Intel has been sloppy and put up information about its upcoming DX79SI motherboard – also known as Siler – which will be part of Intel's Extreme series of motherboards. It's not worth getting overly excited about the DX79SI though, as Intel isn't really pushing the envelope with thismotherboard,despiteitbeingIntel'shigh-endX79model. Look what we found, Intel has been sloppy and put up information about its upcoming DX79SI motherboard – also known as Siler – which will be part of Intel's Extreme series of motherboards. It's not worth getting overly excited about the DX79SI though, as Intel isn't really pushing the envelope with thismotherboard,despiteitbeingIntel'shigh-endX79model. First we'd like to apologise for the poor quality picture, but it's all we managed to dig up as Intel didn't include any high resolution images. Secondly, we've included a screenshot to show you that this is indeed from Intel itself and not from some third party source, although the details appeared on the company's mobile site, although we're not sharing the URL, but anyone that knows how to use a search engine might be able to locate the page themselves. Published by: VR-Zone So what are we looking at here? Well, what we have here is the final version of a board that Intel showed off at IDF back in September, but to which some changes have been made. Intel “fixed” the SATA ports, so now there are six instead of four, instead of 10, instead of SAS, all thanks to a few bugs in the chipset. However, unlike its partners, Intel decided not to fit any additional SATA ports to the DX79SI which makes it a fairly basic motherboard considering it's Intel's high-end model. Judging by the picture, Intel did a quick fix rather than re-design the entire motherboard and as such there's no space for extra SATA controllers. In terms of slots we have three x16 PCI Express 3.0 slots and it'sinterestingthatIntelactuallyspecifiesthis,asthecompany is still busy testing compliance due to the lack of devices that supportsPCIExpress3.0.There'salsoapairofx1PCIExpress slots and a PCI slot. For those looking for a board to load out with tons of memory, the DX79SI might appeal, as it has the fulleightDIMMsandIntelclaims64GB/smemorybandwidth with the memory running at 2.4GHz. That said, that only works when you have four DIMMs in the blue slots, stick for more DIMMs in and the overall memory speed is reduced. Around the back are six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port and a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports wired up to Intel network chips and last but not least 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out and a clear CMOS button. The board 20

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November 4th, 2011 also has a wide range of pin headers, but the most important one has to be the one that adds a pair of front USB 3.0 ports. At least Intel went with a passive chipset cooler, unlike some boards we've seen, so it's clear that active cooling isn't needed. IntelisalsosupplyingaWi-FiandBluetoothmodule,aswellas a mouse pad and UV reactive SATA cables with the board. We shouldhaveamoredetailedlookattheboardshortly,although we just wanted to get this up ASAP, as it's not every day that Intel leaks its own unreleased products. GlobalFoundries makes interim CEO permanent Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/globalfoundries-makes-interim-ceo- permanent/13853.html November 4th, 2011 Shareholdersdon'ttendtobehappywithinterimmanagement and GlobalFoundries have now gone and made its interim CEO, Ajit Manocha its fulltime CEO. Apparently he wasn't the only choice though, but he proved himself to the board of directors during his four months as interim CEO and was chosen from a range of candidates for the CEO position. Shareholdersdon'ttendtobehappywithinterimmanagement and GlobalFoundries have now gone and made its interim CEO, Ajit Manocha its fulltime CEO. Apparently he wasn't the only choice though, but he proved himself to the board of directors during his four months as interim CEO and was chosen from a range of candidates for the CEO position. Mr Manocha has extensive background in the foundry business with past experience including the role as Executive VP and Chief Manufacturing Officer at NXP, as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations and a member of the Executive Management board at Spansion. He has also worked for AT&T Microelectronics and AT&T Bell labs in the past. He even holds patents for various inventions relating to wafer processing, so the man obviously knows what he's getting himself into. Published by: VR-Zone We meet Mr Manocha briefly at GTC Taiwan earlier this year and he came across as a charismatic person that knows what he's talking about, although it's hard to draw any conclusions during a lunch meeting. That said, he's got tough times ahead of him, as he needs to get GlobalFoundries up and running at 100 percent capacity and get the company's 32nm and 28nm nodes working at a level where all its customers are satisfied, something we're hearing isn't quite the case at the moment. Time will tell if he's the leader GlobalFoundries has been lacking, we can only hope as we need another strong foundry player beyond TSMC if for no other reason than to keep things competitive. Intel's soon to launch Z68 motherboards detailed, pictured Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-soon-to-launch-z68- motherboards-detailed-pictured/13852.html November 4th, 2011 We've finally managed to dig up details of Intel's upcoming DZ68PL and DZ68AF motherboards along with a couple of pictures of each of the boards. We first got wind of the new boards back in September, but then we only knew the models 21

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November 4th, 2011 names and we'll do our best to fill in the rest of the details today. We've finally managed to dig up details of Intel's upcoming DZ68PL and DZ68AF motherboards along with a couple of pictures of each of the boards. We first got wind of the new boards back in September, but then we only knew the models names and we'll do our best to fill in the rest of the details today. We need to start this by correcting a small mistake from our S eptember article , the DP67BA is in fact being replaced by the DZ68PLandtheDP67DEisbeingreplacedbytheDZ68AFand as such Intel is not adding Smart Response technology to its P67 motherboards. This was a misunderstanding on our side due to unclear information given to us. It's really hard to follow Intel's logic here, as we're now nearly a year into the Sandy Bridge life cycle and Intel is putting out Z68 motherboards akin to the first generation boards that arrived back in May, some six months ago. What we mean by first generation is that neither of Intel's two new boards feature any kind of display connectivity, despite that both boards clearly has space for the display connectors. connectors of which two are SATA 6Gbps. The only other “feature” if you can call it that are four pin headers for eight USB 2.0 ports and a pin header for a single FireWire port. Published by: VR-Zone Around the back are six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, a FireWire port, a Gigabit Ethernet port – using an Intel Ethernet controller of course – and 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out. There really isn't much to this board andconsideringthemultitudeofchoice,therearemanybetter options to go for by now. The DZ68AF follows a similar concept, although this is a mATX board so it only has a single x16 PCI Express slot, two x1 PCI Express slots and a single PCI slot. Intel has once more gone for five internal SATA ports of which two are SATA 6Gbps.Othersimilaritiescarriedoverarethefourinternalpin headers for eight USB 2.0 ports and the single pin header for a FireWire port. The rear I/O is also identical with exactly the same port layout. As such the DZ68PL which is the ATX size board is a rather strange addition to Intel's media series of motherboards, as when you think about media, you think about products that somehow are connected to a display. The DZ68PL is a rather boring board with a single x16 PCI Express slot, two x1 PCI Express slots and three PCI slots. It has five internal SATA We just don't understand why Intel are launching these productswhenthereshouldbelessthanfivemonthsbeforeIvy Bridge and new 7-series chipset based motherboards arrive. It's possibly that Intel has done this as the company is cutting the production of the P67 chipset as the demand is so low and 22

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November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Foxconn Quantum Force X79 Motherboard (Final) Pictured Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/foxconn-quantum-force-x79- motherboard-final-pictured/13851.html November 4th, 2011 Here are the first pictures of the Foxconn Quantum Force X79 in a form that’s almost ready for market. Quantum Force is Foxconn’s brand that targets the “gamer-overclocker” market, the same one that ASUS’ Republic of Gamers, Gigabyte’s G1.Killer, and ASRock’s Fatal1ty Professional motherboards target. Foxconn also has a knack of surprising some (pleasantly) with the pricing of these boards compared toothersinthesegment.Anexampleofthiswasthecompany’s Quantum Force boards based on the X58 chipset. Here are the first pictures of the Foxconn Quantum Force X79 in a form that’s almost ready for market. Quantum Force is Foxconn’s brand that targets the “gamer-overclocker” market, the same one that ASUS’ Republic of Gamers, Gigabyte’s G1.Killer, and ASRock’s Fatal1ty Professional motherboards target. Foxconn also has a knack of surprising some (pleasantly) with the pricing of these boards compared toothersinthesegment.Anexampleofthiswasthecompany’s Quantum Force boards based on the X58 chipset. only minor changes were needed to the PCB. We'd still have muchpreferredthesenewadditionsifthey'datleasthadsome kindofdisplayconnectivity,sinceastheystand;theylookout- dated before they've even launched. Both boards should be available shortly. The LGA2011 socket supports upcoming Core i7 “Sandy Bridge” processors. Foxconn is using a 14-phase CPU VRM design for this board, with 2-phase VRM for the memory. There are four DDR3 DIMM slots on this board, two on either sides of the socket, one per memory channel. Expansion slots include four PCI-Express x16, among which three are wired to the CPU. The red slots are PCI-Express 3.0 x16 capable, the bottom-most slot is PCI-Express 3.0 x8 capable. The second black slot is electrically PCI-Express 2.0 x8, and is wired to the X79 PCH, so the board is optimal for 3-way SLI and CrossFireX. There are eight internal SATA ports, four of these (color coded red) are SATA 6 Gb/s, two of these (top) are driven by the X79PCH,theotherbyanASMedia-madecontroller.Theblack portsareSATA3Gb/s,wiredtothePCH.TherearetwoeSATA ports on the rear-panel, driven by a JMicron-made SATA 3 Gb/s controller. In terms of general connectivity, you’ll get 8+2 channel HD audio with optical and coaxial SPDIF outputs; four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear-panel, two via standard header), powered by Renesas-made controllers; two gigabit Ethernet connections, one controlled by an Intel-made controller, the other by Realtek-made one; and other common ports such as USB 2.0 and PS/2. The Quantum Force X79 looks to be packing quite a few features that benefit overclockers. To begin with, there is redundant BIOS stored in three separate, socketed EEPROM chips, consolidated voltage measurement points that let you manually measure voltages (using a multimeter), onboard OC tuning switches, onboard power/reset switches, clear CMOS switch on the rear-panel, and POST code speaker. Pricing is unknown, but it’s likely that the Foxconn Quantum Force X79 will be a part of the first wave of motherboards for Sandy Bridge-E. 23

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November 4th, 2011 JPR: Processor graphics/APUs take over in Q3 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/jpr-processor-graphicsapus-take-over- in-q3-2011/13848.html November 4th, 2011 Call them Processor Graphics, as Intel do, or Accelerated Processing Units (APU) as per AMD, chips combining GPUs andCPUsarestartingtodominateoverallgraphicsshipments. In Q3, as a result of Sandy Bridge's massive success, Intel's jumped to a 60% market share in graphics shipment. AMD held on to 23% which NVIDIA, left without an APU competitor, dropped to 16%. Call them Processor Graphics, as Intel do, or Accelerated Processing Units (APU) as per AMD, chips combining GPUs andCPUsarestartingtodominateoverallgraphicsshipments. In Q3, as a result of Sandy Bridge's massive success, Intel's jumped to a 60% market share in graphics shipment. AMD held on to 23% which NVIDIA, left without an APU competitor, dropped to 16%. Overall, graphics shipments soared by 16.7% over Q2 2011, as is the trend for Q3. However, 16.7% is still over general trends and 18.4% over Q3 2010. AMD's shipments increased by 9.9%, Intel's by 28.5% while NVIDIA's fell by 6.2%. However, NVIDIA did note disruptive marketsharegrowthsinthediscretemarkets,growingby30% overQ22011.MuchofthisisattributedtoOptimustechnology workingwithSandyBridgenotebooks.Strangely,NVIDIAalso sold IGPs to power older AMD CPUs. Google will be charging map developers for usage Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-will-be-charging-map- developers-for-usage/13847.html November 4th, 2011 If you are a map developer who utilizes Google Maps API for your site, it seems that the search engine giant Google is planning to charge map developers a small fee for the usage of their service, beginning next year. Published by: VR-Zone Starting next year, Google will charge US$4 for every 1,000 map loads on sites where traffic exceeds 25,000 map loads per day. According to the company, the new fees are intended to make sure Google Maps remains free for small developers.SmallsiteswillremainunaffectedsincetheGoogle Maps API will still be free for the first 25,000 views per day. However,forthebigboys,theycanchoosetopayUS$10,000+ foraGoogleMapsAPIPremierlicence,whichoffersunlimited access, more advanced geocoding tools, tech support, and control over any advertising shown on the site. Or they can always use OpenStreetMap , which is free and, in many parts of the world, much more detailed than Google Maps. Near reflection free glass invented Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/near-reflection-free-glass- invented/13846.html November 4th, 2011 Ifyou,likeus,hateglossyscreens,thenthelatestdevelopment from Japan will surely interest you. Nippon Electrical Glass Co Ltd has come up with a new glass substrate that is very close to reflection free, something that should make all the new "infinity display" notebooks and of course tablets and smartphones much more enjoyable to use in many environments. Ifyou,likeus,hateglossyscreens,thenthelatestdevelopment from Japan will surely interest you. Nippon Electrical Glass Co Ltd has come up with a new glass substrate that is very close to reflection free, something that should make all the new "infinity display" notebooks and of course tablets and smartphones much more enjoyable to use in many environments. The new glass substrate was shown off at the FPD International convention in Japan last week and it apparently awed visitors who didn't quite know what they were looking at,orratherwasn'tlookingat.It'sprettyclearfromthepicture that we're looking at something which has the potential to 24

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November 4th, 2011 revolutionize the market, at least as long as device makers insists on putting sheets of glass in front of notebook screens to make them appear to have a slimmer bezel, among many things. The process of getting the glass substrate nearly reflection free involves some 30 layers of anti-reflective film, each being only a few nanometres thick. This allows for 99.5 percent of the light to pass through the glass and only the remaining half percent causes reflection. Surprisingly regular glass has a fairlylowreflectionpercentageofeightpercent,butthisisstill enough to cause the effects we all loathe. No word as to when this technology might be commercially available, but it can't be soon enough in our opinion. Motherboard makers leak upcoming AMD FM1 processors Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motherboard-makers-leak-upcoming- amd-fm1-processors/13845.html November 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone We can't be far from AMD's updated Llano APU's, as all of the major motherboard manufacturers have issued BIOS/UEFI updates for their socket FM1 motherboards for at least some of the expected models. However, what we've also found are severalnewmodelsthatweweren'tawareofthatwillcarrythe Athlon II and Sempron branding. Starting at the bottom of the list, we have the dual core SempronX2198whichisa2.5GHzprocessors,inotherwords, there'snographicstobefoundhere.ItstillfitstheFM1socket, has a total of 1MB of L2 cache and a 65W TDP. This should be one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest socket FM1 processor out there. Moving up a step we have the dual core Athlon X2 221 which moves the clock speed up to 2.8GHz, but with the limitedinformationwehaveathand,thisistheonlydifference between the two. The quad core Athlon II X4 631 – a 2.6GHz part with 4MB L2 cache – is getting a faster sibling in the shape of the Athlon X4 II 641 which is clocked at 2.8.GHz, as well as a more power efficient version of itself with 65W TDP rather than the 100W TDP of the current model. No other changes appear to have been made and for now this is AMD's entire range of CPU's for socket FM1. Moving on to the new APU's we can apparently look forward to the arrival of AMD's E2-3200 which was announced when AMD launched its Llano range of APU's, but never made it to market. This is a dual core 2.4GHz processor with 1MB of L1 cachecombinedwithaRadeonHD6370DGPUwhichhas180 shaders, eight TMUs and four ROPs with a graphics clock of 443MHz. The only other new model of the ones that are expected to be launched by AMD before the end of the year is the A8-3870, which is expected to be AMD's first unlocked APU. It will also have the fastest CPU core to date with a clock speed of 3GHz. This is of course a quad core APU and it has 4MB of L2 cache. The graphics part should be a Radeon HD 6550D, the same as the current A8-3850 and there's no indication that AMD has changed any of the specifications between the two APUs in terms of clock speeds or configuration. Other models that may or may not launch this year includes the A4-3420, A6-3420, A6-3620, A6-3670 (unlocked) and A8-3820. Apart from the A6-3670, all of these models are expected to feature a 100MHz clock speed improvement over their current counterparts, although for some reason the A6-3670 is expected to be clocked 100MHz slower than the A6-3650. AMD has only two months left of this year to get its new processors out and we doubt they'll launch them all in the run up to the Christmas season. We have a feeling some models have been pulled in favour of the upcoming Trinity based models that AMD is expected to deliver in Q1 next year. We can't be far from AMD's updated Llano APU's, as all of the major motherboard manufacturers have issued BIOS/UEFI updates for their socket FM1 motherboards for at least some of the expected models. However, what we've also found are severalnewmodelsthatweweren'tawareofthatwillcarrythe Athlon II and Sempron branding. 25

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Published by: VR-Zone November 9th, 2011 VR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Kingston announces new wallet friendly SSDs Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kingston-announces-new-wallet- friendly-ssds/13910.html November 9th, 2011 Another day, another new SSD range offering higher performance than the one announced the day before, oh, hang on, the new V200 series from Kingston isn't actually a high- end range of drives, instead Kingston has focused on good enough performance at a lower price point. The company claims that its new V200 series will offer close to twice the performanceofitspreviousbudgetmodel,theV100,atamore attractive price point. Another day, another new SSD range offering higher performance than the one announced the day before, oh, hang on, the new V200 series from Kingston isn't actually a high- end range of drives, instead Kingston has focused on good enough performance at a lower price point. The company claims that its new V200 series will offer close to twice the performanceofitspreviousbudgetmodel,theV100,atamore attractive price point. As always with Kingston, the new V200 series comes in a standard drive only option, a desktop upgrade kit and a notebookupgradekit.TheV200seriesstandsamere7mmtall (except the 256GB model), compared to 9.5mm for standard 2.5-inch drives and as such a plastic bracket is provided with all the bare drives and the notebook upgrade kit to allow for a snug fit. The notebook upgrade kit also comes with a USB enclosure for that old mechanical drive and the desktop kit comes with brackets for fitting the SSD in a 3.5-inch drive bay, aswellasallthecablesneeded.Bothkitsarealsosuppliedwith drive cloning software. Size wise the V200 series will be available in 64, 128 and 256GB SKUs. The performance isn't going to set anyone's world on fire, despite all drives featuring SATA 6Gbps interfaces. The 64GB model is rated at up to 260MB/s for sequential reads and a mere 100MB/s for sequential writes. The 128GB model hits 300MB/s for the reads and 190MB/ s for the writes with the 256GB model featuring the same read speed as the 128GB model, but boosts the write speed to 230MB/s. That said, with the possible exception of the write speed of the 64GB model, this is significantly faster than any mechanical hard drive. The press release talks about "up to 20 percent lower price than[the]V100"seriesofSSDsfromKingston,althoughdoing a quick search online doesn't verify this. We found the 64GB 1

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November 9th, 2011 model on sale in Canada of all places for C$126 (S$159), whereas the 64GB V100 retailed on the same website for a mere C$79 (S$100). The 128GB bare drive was on sale for C $209 (S$264) and the 256GB bare drive for C$444 (S$560). There are also plenty of other faster SSDs on sale for less, such as Corsair's Force 3 series of SSDs and Patriot's Pyro series. That said, this isn't official pricing from Kingston and it's possible we'll see different pricing in other regions. OCZ Technology releases PC P&C Silencer MK III Power Supply Series Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-technology-releases-pc-p-c- silencer-mk-iii-power-supply-series/13909.html Today OCZ announced the release of the new PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III Power Supply Series. Although the mainstream character of the series might not draw the attention of enthusiasts, this is the very first modular design coming from PC Power & Cooling, which is interesting all by itself. The first modular power supply from PC Power & Cooling is no beast, with the series consisting of only three units with an outputrangingfrom400Wupto"only"600W.Theunitsofthe series are clearly not designed for hardcore enthusiasts, they dohoweverhavean80PlusBronzecertificationandcomewith a 5 year long warranty. “PC Power and Cooling has always catered to those clients that are looking for both performance and reliability from their power management solutions and the Silencer MKIII PSU continues that tradition and incorporates new features such as a modular cable design,” said Steve Lee, Senior Vice President of Power Management at OCZ Technology Group. “This is the first modular PC Power PSU and we spent extra 2 Published by: VR-Zone time and resources to make sure we got it right by combining a highly efficient core with Japanese capacitors, a whisper quiet 120mm fan, and the flexibility of modular cabling, all to create the best Silencer yet, and we are releasing this exciting new series in a range of models up to 600W and pricing them competitively, making the Silencer MKIII PSU’s the ideal blend of performance, features, and overall value for customers.” Detailed Intel Haswell specs revealed Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/detailed-intel-haswell-specs- revealed/13908.html November 9th, 2011 November 9th, 2011 We're still an estimated five to six months away from Intel's launch Ivy Bridge, a platform which is expected to offer slight improvements over Sandy Bridge in terms of performance, although it should improve power efficiency andgraphicsperformancequitesignificantly.However,Intel's 2013 platform code named Shark Bay has now turned up on some quite detailed slides online and it has some interesting new features on offer as well as yet another performance bump. We're still an estimated five to six months away from Intel's launch Ivy Bridge, a platform which is expected to offer slight improvements over Sandy Bridge in terms of performance, although it should improve power efficiency andgraphicsperformancequitesignificantly.However,Intel's 2013 platform code named Shark Bay has now turned up on some quite detailed slides online and it has some interesting new features on offer as well as yet another performance bump. ThereseemstobesomechangesgoingonatIntelwithregards to platform names, as in the past, Intel has gone for different platform code names for its mobile and desktop offerings, but Haswell's platform for both mobile and desktop appears to be called Shark Bay, whereas for Ivy Bridge we're looking at Chief River and Maho Bay for the mobile and desktop platforms respectively. As you can see from the slide below, we're still looking at no more than four cores for Intel's consumer platform which suggests that Intel isn't really about AMD catching up any time soon.

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November 9th, 2011 Although Haswell is a new "core" or a "tock" as Intel likes to call it, unlike Ivy Bridge which is a 22nm trigate version of Sandy Bridge or a "tick", Haswell will actually be very similar to Ivy Bridge at least in terms of the manufacturing process,asthisisalsoa22nmtrigatepart.Haswellwillusethe LGA-1150socketfordesktopsandeitherrPGA947orBGA1364 for notebooks as we reported a few days ago. The biggest change that we're seeing beyond the new core is a move to multi-chippackagingfortheultra-lowVoltagesegment,which Intel appears to have unified into a single ULT SKU (we're not sure what the T stands for) instead of the long running ULV and UL SKUs. This will make the ULT models Intel's first single chip performance processor, but more on this a little bit later. We're of course getting a new chipset, codenamed Lynx Point, although we don't have much in terms of details with regards to new features compared to the 7-series chipsets. What the slides do give away is that Intel has at least made one major change to the Shark Bay platform, there's no longer an FDI interface, which is used for piping the display connectivity via the PCH on the 6 and 7-series chipsets, again something we reported on a few days ago. It's also possible that we'll see integrated Thundebolt support, but there's no indication as to if this will be part of the Lynx Point chipset, or continue to rely uponaseparatechipset,asalltheslidesareinformingusabout is support for the interface. Published by: VR-Zone Other platform features include NFC support for mobile devices, configurable TDP and LPM (Link Power Management), improved system idle states (S0ix) for the mobile platforms, vastly improved boot times and general updates and improvements to current Intel technology found on its desktop and mobile platforms. One interesting new addition is three levels of Intel graphics, currently known as GT1, GT2 and GT3. Once again the desktop parts end up with slowergraphicsthanthemobileplatforms,whichwestilldon't quite understand as it's not as if desktop users would want worse graphics performance. It's almost as if Intel is telling desktop users to go and get a graphics card. The slides are also suggestingthatwe'llseerealtimeHDtoHDvideotranscoding Report: AMD Tahiti in January 2012 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-tahiti-in- january-2012/13907.html November 9th, 2011 AMD's long awaited next-gen 28nm GPU is finally set to release in January 2012, according to a report from Fudzilla. AMD announced during its latest financial conference call that the first next-gen GPUs were to ship by the end of 2011. Whether this shipment was for a Dec 2011 launch or in anticipationofanearly2012remainedamatterofspeculation. The first next-gen GPUs to release is reported to be based on the high-performance Tahiti chip. AMD's long awaited next-gen 28nm GPU is finally set to release in January 2012, according to a report from Fudzilla. AMDannouncedduringitslatestfinancialconferencecallthat the first next-gen GPUs were to . Whether this shipment was for a Dec 2011 launch or in anticipation of an early 2012 remained a matter of speculation. The first next-gen GPUs to release is reported to be based on the high-performance Tahiti chip. Tahiti will be the direct successor to Cayman, currently powering AMD Radeon HD 6900 series. As a result, the two Tahiti SKUs are most likely to be branded as AMD Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7950 for the XT and PRO variants respectively. As expected, a dual-GPU variant combining two Tahiti chips will release later in 2012, possibly within Q1 2012. The branding is likely to be Radeon HD 7990. Thanks to TSMC's 32nm cancelation, the 40nm to 28nm transition is a significant full node shrink. Barring any major production troubles, Tahiti will thus end up significantly faster than HD 6970, and not too far away of dual-GPU HD 6990. NVIDIA'shigh-performanceKeplerGPUsareexpectedrelease later in 2012. However, the first next-gen GPU, GK107, might release around the same time as Tahiti. 3

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November 9th, 2011 Coolermaster released their first LGA 2011 cooler Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/coolermaster-released-their-first- lga-2011-cooler/13906.html November 9th, 2011 120mm fans. It also has the option to run entirely silent by slowing the fan down at only 900RPM. Coolermaster also improved the direct contact design, baptizing it CDC™ (Continuous Direct Contact) technology, whichconsistsofside-by-sideheatpipeconfigurationswithno gaps creating a perfectly smooth surface for heat conduction. Published by: VR-Zone HTC to penetrate Chinese market with new social networking phone Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-to-penetrate-chinese-market-with- new-social-networking-phone/13905.html November 9th, 2011 Coolermaster has just released their first LGA 2011 cooler. Their new product listens to the name Hyper 412S and is a direct heatpipe contact tower cooler utilizing one or two HTC will be releasing a Chinese version of their Explorer budget phone in China, under the label HTC Daren. The new dedicated phone is geared towards feature integration with Renren.com's social network service, but will the new phone be able to attract China's increasingly social saavy population? Interestingly enough, Coolermaster went with fewer fins and larger fin gaps in order to improve the cooler's performance with the fan running at low speeds. That ought to hurt the cooler's maximum performance as well though. HTChasannouncedthatitwillreleasetheirrebrandedversion of the HTC Explorer, dubbed the HTC Daren, in China. The Daren is the second of seven phones which HTC will be bringing to the Chinese mobile market in hopes of achieving a share of China’s growing mobile demands. The Taiwanese handset maker had previously partnered with Sina's Weibo micro blogging service to create a dedicated phone. This second attempt will be a tie-in with Renren.com, China’s equivalent of Facebook. This is done simply by swapping Facebook and Twitter integration for Renren, which will be powering HTC’s Friendfeed feature. Due to fact that the new social network phone is modeled from a budget mobile platform, its 480 by 300 pixel low-resolution 3.2 inch screen and 3-megapixel camera can hardly impress any power user. The Chinese mass market,however,maylikethepricetagof2099RMB(US$330) without any telco contracts. The challenge, however, comes from another competitor, and it’s a tough one too. Xiaomi Tech, a Chinese mobile startup, has been able to assemble and retail a premium level smartphone with cutting edge components including a dual-core 1.5Ghz processor, 4

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November 9th, 2011 8-megapixel camera, and Android OS preloaded with the popular ROM interface MIUI, all at a lower price of 1999RMB (US$315). This is all in addition to it being from a locally designed and manufactured phone, and therefore hold more clout with the country's population. HTCstillhasfivecardsupitssleeve.Itwillbeinterestingtosee how the match between Xiaomi Tech and HTC will proceed. ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime's specifications unveiled Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-eee-pad-transformer-prime-s- specifications-unveiled/13904.html November 9th, 2011 At the AsiaD: All Things Digital event in Hong Kong few weeks ago, ASUS chairman Johnny Shih showcased the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime which claims to be the world’s first tablet to incorporate NVIDIA Tegra quad-core mobile processor. Well, it looks like the specifications of the Eee Pad Transformer Prime are officially out. Comes in Amethyst Gray and Champagne Gold, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, with metallic spun finish design made of aluminium, is incredibly slim at just 8.3mm thin and weighs a mere 586g. It features NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor that can deliver superb experience for tablet- based multitasking, web browsing, full high definition video playbackandgaming.Ontopofthat,theEeePadTransformer Prime also sports a bright 10.1-inch Super IPS+ screen with LED backlight and Corning Gorilla glass for protection. On the front is a 1.2-megapixel camera for video conferencing while the 8-megapixel camera at the rear comes with auto- focusandLEDflashfortakingbrilliantpicturesandfull1080p HD video. The Eee Pad Transformer Prime is also powered by Published by: VR-Zone ASUS exclusive SonicMaster technology for impressive audio performance. And is available in 32GB and 64GB flavours, along with a micro SD card slot, 3.5mm combo audio jack and micro HDMI port. It boasts a battery life of up to 12 hours and when combined with the mobile dock, it can last up to 18 hours.Unfortunately,nodetailsonthepricingandavailability at press time. Display 10.1"LED Backlit screen with Super IPS+ (1280 x 800) 10 finger multi- touch, Corning® Gorilla® Glass Operating System CPU Memory Storage Wireless Camera Interface Sensor Flash support Multi-tasking Special Apps Battery Android™ 3.2 Honeycomb (Upgradable to Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core CPU LP DDR2 1 GB 32GB /64GB(1) EMMC + ASUS WebStorage 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR 1.2MP (front)/ 8MP Auto-focus (rear) with LED flash, large F2.4 aperture PAD: 2-in-1 Audio Mobile Dock:1x Jack (Headphone/ USB2.0 port; 1x SD Mic-in); 1x micro Card Reader HDMI port; 1x Micro SD Card Reader; 1x Internal Microphone; 1x Stereo Speaker G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, GPS Yes Yes ASUS launcher, @Vibe Music, ASUS WebStorage, MyLibrary, MyNet, MyCloud, File manager, ASUS sync, SuperNote, App Locker, App Backup, TegraZone, Polaris® Office 12hours; 25Wh Li- polymer Battery(2) 5

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November 9th, 2011 18 hours pad with dock ; 25Wh(pad) & 22Wh(mobile Size / Weight dock) Li-polymer Battery(2) Pad: 263*180.8*8.3mm / 586g Mobile Dock: 263*180.8*8~10.4mm / 537g Microsoft Office 365 and doing Business in the Cloud Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-office-365-and-doing- business-in-the-cloud/13903.html November 9th, 2011 Launched globally at the end of June this year, Office 365 represents a radical move by software giant Microsoft to shift its premium productivity, communications and collaboration products into the cloud. To find out more about Office 365, I have arranged to meet up with John Fernandes, the director of marketing and operations of Microsoft Singapore at the company's local headquarters. We spoke on topics ranging from the advantages offered by the cloud as a platform, business expectations towards cloud computing and how Office 365 can help smaller businesses change the way they do business. Always forthright in his responses, Fernandes also spoke candidly about the relative risks of outages as well as the local take-up rate for Microsoft's latest and grandest foray into cloud computing. What is Office 365? For those not already familiar with it, Office 365 is a comprehensive suite of services consisting of multiple products such as Exchange Online , SharePoint Online and Lync Online to provide services such as messaging, collaboration and communication. On the productivity front, Office Web Apps (OWA) let users view and edit documents created on desktop versions of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) using nothing more than a supported web browser. Finally, an Office Professional Plus option provides businesses that still require the desktop version of Microsoft Office with the appropriate software licenses and installation files. Underscoring the point that Office 365 was a complete redesign as opposed to a tweak to slap on cloud functionality, Fernandes told me that Office 365 can scale from "3 to 100,000" in terms of users. He ticked off how it can help businesses reduce complexity, increase agility and manage their costs, allowing small businesses to transform the way they do business. The list of advantages appears to be partially Published by: VR-Zone corroboratedbyitsstrongtakeuprate,whichdoubledtoabout 1,000 organizations in the two months following its launch in Singapore. The hype about the cloud One of the advantages offered by cloud computing is how it allows companies without dedicated IT personnel to leveragebest-of-the-breedtechnologytoleveltheplayingfield against larger competitors. Office 365 is not a product sell, asserts Fernandes, but it represents an opportunity for these businesses to compete. As a productivity platform, Office 365 extends the ability of small businesses to take advantage of productivity tools that they are already familiar with. To illustrate his point, Fernandes offered the example of how some employees may not require a dedicated workstation, but could benefit from having email access in order to check their leave status or their next duty roster, for instance. In this context, businessescandeploysharedterminalswhere"kiosk"workers can access messaging services for as low as US$4 per user per month. Seen in that context, it is evident that Office 365 is about providing businesses with more options than about releasing a "me-too" product. Hype aside, Fernandes says that the cloud computing market isanambitiousonewhereusershavehighexpectations,atrait which he expects to drive future growth. The director views the red-hot interest in the cloud as something that will pass however. "Now when people think cloud, this is like when we talk about the Internet in the past. The cloud is merely an enabling layer" he said, noting that "nobody talks about the Internet now." What of the IT department? One perennial concern about the rise of cloud computing has been its potential impact on the IT department. Accordingly, I raised the question to Fernandes, who conceded that it is a subject of concern for IT professionals. "People in the IT industry have been trying to figure out their position in this (cloud) space," he said. However, Fernandes suggested that the ultimate outcome of whether jobs will be impacted boils down to the topic of value creation. Given that the primary constrains those organizations often face pertains to cost, it is reasonable that a migrationtothecloudcouldallowthemtoredirectanysurplus IT resources towards projects to positively impact the bottom- line. Moreover, Fernandes also pointed out those most small businesses do not have an IT department in the first place; such companies would typically task their most IT-savvy staffer as the ad-hoc IT department. In such a situation, a cloud deployment would free the beleaguered employee to focus more on his or her primarily work responsibilities. All about uptime Does Microsoft have the ability to deliver a truly robust solution in the cloud? There had been a number of localized and global outages since Office 365 was launched, and I wanted to know what Microsoft is doing to guarantee the reliability and overall uptime of its cloud offering. Fernandes started off by acknowledging that mistakes are made in 6

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November 9th, 2011 every company, and that outages "will happen." This is a fair statement, given how every cloud service out there has suffered some form of downtime or service disruption. On its part, Microsoft addresses availability by placing safety, privacy and maintaining of SLA (Service-level agreements) as top priorities. In addition, the company has stringent internal policies and certifications that go beyond the expectations of customers. Outages are also preemptively addressed by mitigation planning and having strong resources available in the country to support and address any outages. To top it off, Fernandes reminded me that Office 365 is really building on top of decades of cloud experience that Microsoft has accrued over more than a decade - think Hotmail with its almost half a billion user accounts. In closing... Interestingly, Fernandes consider one of the greatest inhibitorstowardstheadoptionofOffice365inSingaporeand the region to be a lack of awareness. In his opinion, there is currently so much information about the cloud that it is leading to an overload and a general reticence for businesses to consider Office 365. In closing, Fernandes reiterated how Office 365 can help businesses to collaborate in the cloud, exhorting them to leverage the cloud to help them compete. "Your competitors may [already] be using it," cautioned Fernandes, "Use the best technologies for your business, don't delay. Don't wait." Interested businesses can sign up for a free 30 days trial here . Gobby iPhone and Android app makes English idioms easy to understand Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gobby-iphone-and-android-app- makes-english-idioms-easy-to-understand/13902.html November 9th, 2011 Developed by Stealth Education, this Gobby mobile app for Android and Apple iPhone lets you learn the frequently used English idioms in everyday speech. And apparently, there is a nationwide contest going on whereby you stand a chance to win an Apple iPad 2 grand prize. Published by: VR-Zone The Gobby mobile app is designed to make English figure of speech less daunting by providing users with a quick reference at their fingertips. Developed by Stealth Education, the app helps to explain the meaning of frequently used idioms in everydayspeech,withidiomsdividedinto10usefulcategories, which include Love and Romance, Work and Business, and Insults.Eachexplanationissupportedwithanexampleofhow it is used in context as well as an audio clip of pronunciation. The app’s Chilli-O-Meter rates idioms by where and how they shouldbeused—sousersdon’tendupinhotwater.Thelower the Chilli rating, the more you can comfortably use the phrase in almost any situation. The highest Chilli rating is reserved for idioms which are not appropriate for formal or business environments. Gobby is completely free and is now available on the iTunes App Store and Android market. In conjunction with the launch of the new app, Stealth Education is running ‘Gobby It Up’ contest for users in Singapore starting 3 to 30 November on its microsite gobbytalk.tumblr.com. Each week, five weekly winners will walk away with Gobby Goody Bags and stand a chance of winning the Grand Prize — a 32GB+WiFi Apple iPad2 and have their winning sentences immortalised on a T-shirt that will be sold worldwide in the Gobby merchandise store. To enter the contest: 1. Download the free app from the iTunes App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/gobby/id453435084 or from the Android market at https://market.android.com/ details?id=com.gobbytalk/ 2. Choose one of the 300 Gobby phrases and use it in a sentence (be as funny & creative as you can) 3. Email your entry togobbyitup@gmail.com with the following subject: Gobby It Up 4. Include your name, followed by NRIC or Passport No. 5. Repeat Step 1 to submit more. Entries must be sent to gobbyitup@gmail.com with the following subject: Gobby It Up. All entries should include contestant’s name, followed by NRIC or Passport No. Contestantsareallowedtosubmitmultipleentries.Termsand conditions apply. 7

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November 9th, 2011 Apple bans researcher for making security loopholes public Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-bans-researcher-for-making- security-loopholes-public/13900.html November 9th, 2011 Apple platforms have mostly been less susceptible to security breaches, and are more trusted. That good name may now be tarnished by a recent stunt to uncover a flaw in the system which allows a virus loaded app to pass and made public to show that the vulnerability is real. Instead of acknowledging the issue, Apple's first priority was to remove the app and kick him out from the Apple developer's program. their unhappiness by revoking Miller’s developer license as well. The former NSA analyst had previously highlighted to Apple about a security flaw which existed since iOS 4.3 update last year,whichallowedJavaScriptcodetohaveahigherinfluence with the device. Despite knowing the kind of reaction Apple will have, Miller proceeded to manifest this security flaw by stealthily inserting this app for cirulation in the AppSotre, 8 Published by: VR-Zone stating that “without a real app in the App Store, people would say Apple wouldn’t approve an app that took advantage of this flaw.” “Now you could have a program in the App Store like Angry Birds that can run new code on your phone that Apple never had a chance to check”, Miller mentions, “with this bug, you can’t be assured of anything you download from the App Store behaving nicely.” MillerwasapparentlyunhappywithApple’sdecisiontopunish him, as he tweeted: “First they give researcher’s access to developer programs; (although I paid for mine) then they kick them... for doing research. Me angry.” He has reasons to be upset, as he intended to reveal the security flaw at the SysCan conference in Taiwan due on 17November. Like it or not, Miller has successfully put a dent inApple’sreputationforcreatingwell-protectedplatform,and while this may not balance out the mobile security playing field, it has done enough to show that lapse in vigilance can exist anywhere. Review: ASUS O!Play Mini Plus Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/review-asus-o-play-mini- plus/13861.html November 9th, 2011 Smart TV is all the rage and if you want to get in on the trend you may end up ditching a fairly new LCD TV to do so. Thankfully, there are companies like ASUS out there that have a solution – ASUS O!Play Mini Plus. The security of Apple’s approval system for third party apps was publicly put to question recently when a stock tracking app, InstaStock, written by a security researcher Charlie Miller, was discovered to have utilized a security loophole to demonstrate a weakness in Apple's iOS. While harmless by itself,theappwillinstallamalwarewhichisobtainedwhenthe user is connected to the Internet, giving ability to manipulate sensitive information on the device, as well as pushing bogus notifications. While the app has been live since September, it was quickly removed when the security breach it was employing was discovered. The creators of the iOS were also swift to show Smart TV is all the rage and if you want to get in on the trend you may end up ditching a fairly new LCD TV to do so. Thankfully, there are companies like ASUS out there that have a solution – ASUS O!Play Mini Plus. A strange name for a product but it isn’t the name that will necessarily sell the product.

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9 November 9th, 2011 LCDTVsarecomingequippedwithmultipleHDMIinputsbut itwasn'tuntilafewyearsagoyou'dfindmorethantwoorthree on a TV unless you bought a high-end model. With multiple HDMI inputs you can dedicate one of the HDMI ports to the O!Play Mini Plus (Mini Plus). In the event you have run out of HDMI ports you can still use the Mini Plus via the analog A/V output. It kind of defeats the purpose of having the high resolution LCD TV but if you have a setup at home like me, you may find yourself with no digital ports left. I’ve got a Sony PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, DVD Player and the cable set- top box. All of these already command the use of four HDMI ports and my computer isn’t even connected yet. Luckily the LCD TV I am using has a separate VGA port and my DVD player can work with the Component connector. So, I’ve got one HDMI port left. With a high definition video signal to the TV settled I needed to worry about an additional wire for network connectivity. You can setup the Mini Plus for wireless but I prefer wired connectivity especially for devices that can be affected by the consistency of the transmission. Streamed video is definitely subject to latency and congested Wi-Fi signals. So, Wi-Fi networking just leaves open the door for complaints when the stream gets jerky or pixelated. The wired connectivity is a Gigabit connection so it is well worth the wiring versus the Wireless-N speed. So, why would you even need to consider the Mini Plus when you could just as easily accomplish the same by connecting a notebook or desktop computer to the LCD TV. Well, the same reasonwhySmartTV’sarethe‘In’thing.TheSmartTV’sbuilt- in applications are instant-on with literally no shutdown time. Flick the switch and you are good to go. This is one of the mostcompellingreasonstoowningaTabletandinmyhumble opinion one of the reasons for its success but that's a different story. Panasonic announces Toughpad FZ-A1 professional Android tablet Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/panasonic-announces-toughpad-fz-a1- professional-android-tablet/13899.html November 9th, 2011 can withstand drops, extreme weather and other rough handling.Anditseemslikethecompanyisalsogoingthetablet way with the announcement of their new ToughPad FZ-A1, running on Android mobile operating system. Published by: VR-Zone Panasonic Computer Products Europe has unveiled the Toughpad FZ-A1, the first in its Toughpad family of professional-grade Android-powered tablets. The 10-inch Toughpad FZ-A1 is designed for mobile outdoor workers in conditions such as aviation, construction, field service and public safety. It comes with a wide range of work accessories, such as vehicle mounting and ergonomic hands- freeholstersandthecompanyanditspartnerscanalsoprovide professional services such as project management, imaging and kitting. TheToughpadFZ-A1claimstoincorporatethesamedurability standards as the Toughbook laptops, with a MIL-STD-810G rating for 120cm drops as well as an IP65 ingress protection rating for resistance to dust and water. The Toughpad FZ- A1 is also rated for use in extreme temperatures. In terms of security, the CPU in the Toughpad FZ-A1 feature a dedicated, tamper-proof, security processor which frees up the multi-purpose CPU core for other tasks. The security CPU core handles software and data encryption, enhanced VPN, authentication, trusted boot and device management. This enhanced level of device security means the System on a Chip familyofToughpadswillbecompliantwithFIPS140-2level2. The Toughpad FZ-A1 also sports a high brightness, 10.1-inch XGA, capacitive multi-touch screen with anti-glare coating. It also offers 10 hour all day working and the battery is replaceableensuringmid-lifebatteryupgrades.Otherfeatures include standard Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS and optional 3G mobile broadband offering up to 21Mb/ s download speeds. The Toughpad FZ-A1 will be available in spring 2012 at an estimated street price of €850 (+VAT) for the standard model, and €999 (+VAT) for the 3G model. According to Panasonic, a 7-inch tablet will be added to the Toughpad range in the second half of 2012. Panasonic's Toughbooks are known for their ruggedness that Operating System Processor Storage Optional Storage RAM Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1 Android 3.2 Marvell 1.2GHz dual core 16GB Micro SD optional 32GB 1GB SDRAM

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November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Display Battery Life Weight Drop Rating Ingress Protection Temperature rating Inputs Camera Connectivity/Comms Security Features Dimensions 500 nit, daylight viewable, 10.1” XGA (4:3), capacitive multi-touch with anti-reflective treatment and built in ambient light sensor 10 hours (Battery replaceable by IT support) 970g 1.2m IP65 –10 °C to 50 °C (operational) micro USB, micro SD, micro HDMI 5-megapixel rear, 2- megapixel front 3G, 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, GPS Hardware-level security, FIPS 140-2 Level 2 (as SoC family), cable lock slot 266.3mm x 17.0mm x 212.0mm Microsoft fixes four bugs in simple Patch Tuesday this month Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-fixes-four-bugs-in-simple- patch-tuesday-this-month/13901.html November 9th, 2011 As part of its strategy to stagger alternate months with fewer security updates, Microsoft this week released a lighter Patch Tuesday consisting of only four security bulletins - only one of which has been flagged as critical. Indeed, the assigned Jason Miller, Manager, Research and Development, VMware, confirmed that the critical vulnerability is not easy to exploit. In an email message, Miller wrote: "First, the network port attacked on the target machine must be closed. Second, a normal UDP packet streamed to a vulnerable machine will not allow the attacker to gain access to the system. The UDP packet must be "specially" crafted. An attacker will need to figure out the type of packet to send to a vulnerable machine. Finally, this vulnerability was privately disclosed to Microsoft so there is no known code out in the wild at this time and Microsoft has not received any reports of attacks against this vulnerability." As with all security vulnerabilities, it would be folly to deliberately leave any of them unpatched. However, the mitigating factors does mean that system administrators have more time to perform proper testing as well as greater flexibility to stagger them for installation at the end of a work day. Duqu workaround Security managers hoping for a patch to fix a kernel-level Windows vulnerability exploited by the Duqu Trojan were left disappointed however. Its sophistication and similarity to the notorious Stuxnet malware has led security researchers to conclude that they originated from the same team of elite hackers. Citing the need for more time, Microsoft instead released a temporary workaround last week that essentially blocks off accesstothevulnerableDLLfileusedbytheWin32kTrueType font-parsing engine. The utility to apply (and disable) the workaround can be downloaded here . Additional information about the workaround can also be found in this Microsoft security advisory . Mozilla's Boot 2 Gecko prototype in pipelines Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mozilla-s-boot-2-gecko-prototype-in- pipelines/13891.html November 9th, 2011 exploitability rating of ‘3' in spite of it being a remote- execution vulnerability also suggests that the underlying flaw is not easily exploited. Mozilla has developed the open web experience with much success, and is bringing community contributions to the mobile platform. Developement road map has hit a new milestone with a working prototype round the corner, but will they strike a chord with it? Two of the other patches are tagged as 2 important, with the final one tagged as 1 moderate. All 4 patches will impact Windows platforms and will require a reboot. 10

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November 9th, 2011 Just a few months ago, Mozilla announced the intention to create their own operating system with some help from Android’s low level coding as well as Linux, dubbing it Boot 2 Gecko or B2G in short. A recent update revealed that the OS is currently in the testing phase and refining fundamental elements such as text, phoneandcamerafunctions.Whiletheseelementsarederived from Android and Linux, Mozilla has expressed that B2G should depend as little as possible on the above mentioned platforms. What’s exciting is the prospect of a working prototype to be completed for demonstration of the abilities of the mobile OS at the end of the year or first quarter of 2012, while a retail version may appear as soon as second quarter of next year. The HTML5-powered OS certainly shows great potential with some interesting combination of ideas, such as holding and swiping icons to summon the associated applications, and the options for either hardware or virtual buttons to support the back and menu function. With the aggressive and unforgiving climate in the mobile industry today, it may be seen either as bravery or craziness to step into the fray now. However, consumers stand to gain if Mozilla can create a viable platform which can stand up againstthecompetition.Asacommunityorientedbrandname which champions the open web approach, a mobile platform developed with this in mind will certainly has its own niche. For now, however, with a looming deadline now made public, Mozilla has a lot to prove against established mobile platform giants such as Google's Android and Apple's iOS. 11 Published by: VR-Zone Intel confirms upcoming motherboard models in marketing materials Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-confirms-upcoming- motherboard-models-in-marketing-materials/13897.html November 9th, 2011 We're not sure what's going on at Intel at the moment, but the company seems to be leaking its own products left right and centre. The company has now revealed its upcoming 7-series motherboards in some of its marketing materials and it looks like we can expect an onslaught of motherboards from Intel come Q1 next year. We're not sure what's going on at Intel at the moment, but the company seems to be leaking its own products left right and centre. The company has now revealed its upcoming 7-series motherboards in some of its marketing materials and it looks like we can expect an onslaught of motherboards from Intel come Q1 next year. As you can see from the picture below, the DX79SI and DX79TO will be Intel's only X79 chipset motherboards and both fall in the Extreme category of motherboards, but these are just around the corner and what's much more interesting is what's coming next year. First up we have the DZ77RE (RoadsEnd)whichwillbeahigher-endmodelthanthecurrent DZ68BC and it's rumoured to feature Thunderbolt support, although we'll see if this becomes reality or not. It's more affordable partner in crime is the DZ77GA (Gaspar) and both models should feature what Intel calls Max-OC, suggesting thatthey'rebothveryoverclockable,althoughthatmightbeby Intel standards. MovingdowntotheMediaseriesofmotherboardswehaveone last Z77 chipset motherboard, the DZ77BH (Blue Hills) and this alongside the DZ75SL (Spur Lake) are the only other two of Intel's upcoming boards that features overclocking support, althoughinthiscasemidandminOC.TheDZ77BHisalsoone of only three boards to offer dual x8 slots for Crossfire or SLI, with the already mentioned Extreme boards being the other two models.

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November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone profile, or as Intel likes to call them, thin mini-ITX DQ77KB (Kearnens Bend) which also sports USB 3.0. Finally we have the DB75EN (Elkhorn Creek) which is yet another mATX board with USB 3.0 connectivity, but without support for Intel's vPro technology and AMT 8.0. It's at least nice of Intel to confirm its own roadmap leaks a few months ahead of the launch and this is also suggesting that we'll see the first 7-series chipset based motherboards in March rather than April, since the boards are listed as arriving in Q1. We'll just have to wait and see how things go, but hopefully there won't be any delays or chipset recalls this time around. Patriot goes after the Mac upgrade market with new line of SSDs Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/patriot-goes-after-the-mac-upgrade- market-with-new-line-of-ssds/13896.html November 9th, 2011 Patriot Memory has launched not only three new SSDs for Apple's Mac line of computers, but also a range of memory upgrade options for Mac notebooks as well as iMac's. However, we're not entire sure what's Mac specific about the products apart from the stickers on the products saying so. Patriot Memory has launched not only three new SSDs for Apple's Mac line of computers, but also a range of memory upgrade options for Mac notebooks as well as iMac's. However, we're not entire sure what's Mac specific about the products apart from the stickers on the products saying so. Next up is the DH77SD (Sundale) which from what we can tell is going to be one peculiar board as it's a mATX model with a pair of mini PCIE Express slots, although one of them appears to be an mSATA slot for SSD caching. This is followed by the DH77DF (Dry Fork) which is Intel's only mini-ITX consumer 7-series board and it too has a mini PCI Express slot, again most likely used for mSATA support. Moving on we have the DH77KC (Knoll Creek) which is a standard ATX board, again with a mini PCI Express slot an mSATA support, just like its mATXsiblingtheDH77EB(EBlake).AlltheH77modelssport DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity. Last, but not least we have the Executive series which consists of motherboards for the corporate market. Here we have the DQ77MK (Moccasin Peak) which is a mATX board with USB 3.0 support and dual Ethernet. It is followed by the low- The Mac Series XT as the new SSDs are called is built around the SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor and 60, 120 or 240GB of synchronous NAND flash. Patriot rates the new range of SSDs at up to 520MB/s read and up to 500MB/s write, which falls in line with its other high-end SSDs. Apparently what makes these drives special is the fact that they've been tested by the Apple Developer Compatibility Labs which should at least in theory mean that they're guaranteed to work in a Mac. Interestingly Patriot is stating TRIM support in the specs, although so far non Apple SSDs have not supported TRIM in OS X, so it'll be interesting to see if this feature actually works with the Mac Series XT. 12

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November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Toshiba unveils its first Ultrabook in Japan Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/toshiba-unveils-its-first-ultrabook-in- japan/13895.html November 9th, 2011 will only offer a single SKU to start with. That said, we're looking at fairly decent spec with a 1.6GHz Core i5-2467M CPU, 4GB of RAM which appears to be at least upgradeable to some degree as it consist of 2+2GB and a 128GB SSD of unknown brand. The R631 is a 13.3-inch model, but sadly we're not looking at a high-resolution screen as with the Asus Zenbook, instead we get stuck with a typical 1,366x768 panel. Graphics is of course handled by Intel's integrated HD 3000 graphics. Patriotalsolaunchedits"SignatureAppleDDR3"seriesofSO- DIMMs which are available in 2GB or 8GB as well as in a dual 8GBpack.Allthemodulesareclockedat1333MHzwithaCAS latency of 9, in other words fairly regular stuff. Once again, these models are certified by Apple's Developer Compatibility Lab,sotheyshouldbeguaranteedtowork.Nowordonpricing or availability, but we'd expect the products to roll out shortly andmostlikelycostmorethanthePCequivalentproductfrom Patriot. Other features include Intel 802.11b/g/n with support for WiDi and in Japan you also get WiMAX. Then there's a D- sub connector, an HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a pair of audio jacks, an SD card slot, a 1.3Megapixel webcam and finally a finger print reader for biometric security. Toshiba claims up to 9h battery life with a 3h recharge time. The R361 weighs in at 1.12kg and measures 316x227x8.3-15.9mm (WxDxH) which Toshiba claims makes it the world's thinnest and lightest Ultrabook to date. So far only two Ultrabooks have made it to the market, Asus' Zenbook and Acer's Aspire S3, but now it looks like Toshiba is getting ready to join in with its dynabook R631 in Japan. That said we're expecting it to carry the Portégé brand outside of Japan, as is generally the case for its ultra-thin notebooks, although we don't know the specific series as yet, but we're expecting an announcement in a day or two. So far only two Ultrabooks have made it to the market, Asus' Zenbook and Acer's Aspire S3, but now it looks like Toshiba is getting ready to join in with its dynabook R631 in Japan. That said we're expecting it to carry the Portégé brand outside of Japan, as is generally the case for its ultra-thin notebooks, although we don't know the specific series as yet, but we're expecting an announcement in a day or two. The dynabook R631 looks set to be ver similar to what we've seen so far from Asus and Acer and at least in Japan, Toshiba There's one problem with the dynabook R631 though and that's the price tag, as it's up for pre-order for a whopping 139,800 Yen (S$2,275/US$1,798) making it not just the thinnest and lightest Ultrabook, but also by far the most expensive Ultrabook in the market. It'll be interesting to see 13

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November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone how the international version compares in terms of cost, but hopefully it'll be a bit more affordable. ASUS Eee Slate and Zenbook land in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-eee-slate-and-zenbook-land-in- singapore/13893.html November 9th, 2011 This afternoon, ASUS Singapore unveiled the highly anticipated Zenbook that features a sleek and stylish design, boasts two-seconds always instant on and SonicMaster technology for superb audio experience. The company also launched the ASUS Eee Slate B121 tablet, designed for both consumers and small businesses. A USB3.0 port (with USB Charger+ technology for quick charging), micro HDMI and mini VGA connectors are on the right, while the left holds another USB and headphone ports, and SD memory card reader (for the UX31E). The ASUS Zenbook sports a silver exterior with a concentric circle design, and measures 2.8mm at the thinnest point. It incorporates an instant-on feature that can resume the system in approximately two seconds, and standby times of up to two weeks. The Zenbook is available in two models - UX21E and UX31E. The UX21E comes in the choice of Intel Core i5-2467M or Intel Core i7-2667M processsor with 4GB DDR3 memory,128GBSSD,0.3-megapixelcameraandfeatures11.6- inch LED backlit TFT LCD display (1366x768). Available from tomorrow, the ASUS UX21E is retailing at S$1,398 (w/GST) and S$1,598 (w/GST) respectively. The UX31E with 13.3-inch TFT LCD display (1600x900) is available in Intel Core i5-2557M processor with 4GB DDR3 memory and 128GB SSD, as well as Intel Core i7-2667M with 4GB DDR3 memory and 256GB SSD. It will be retailing atS$1,498 (w/GST) and S$1,998 (w/GST) respectively 14

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November 9th, 2011 TheASUSEeeSlateB121claimstobethemostpowerfultablet PCforbusinesses,corporate,govermentaswellasconsumers. It features Intel Core i5-470um processor, 12.1-inch LED- backlit WXGA capacitive and electromagnetic screen, 64GB SSD, and runs Microsoft Windows 7 Professional operating system. The Eee Slate B121 also comes with built-in security of Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and one-year free unlimited ASUS WebStorage access. The ASUS Eee Slate B121 is available from tomorrow 9 November at S$1,699 (w/GST). Samsung announces Galaxy Note and Galaxy Nexus in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-announces-galaxy-note-and- galaxy-nexus-in-singapore/13894.html Published by: VR-Zone Some highlights of the Galaxy Note: • Unique mobile device that incorporates a touchscreen smartphone with S Pen pen-input technology • Large size 5.3" HD Super AMOLED display at 1280x800 resolution • Thickness of only 9.65mm • Powered by a beefy 1.4GHz dual-core processor • USB 2.0 Host support (Allows for connecting of USB flash drives, mouse or keyboard) • Runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) November 9th, 2011 Samsung today announced the availability of the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Nexus smartphone in Singapore. The Galaxy Note16GBisavailableatS$998inNovember,whiletheGalaxy NexuswillbeavailableatS$948byJanuary2012. Bothprices are without line contract and are inclusive of GST. TheGalaxyNotecomeswithanexpansive5.3"high-resolution screenthat provides an immersive viewingexperience. A pen- inputtechnologycalledtheSPenallowsuserstofreelycapture andcreateideaswhileon-the-go. TheGalaxyNexusisthefirst smartphone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Some highlights of the Galaxy Nexus: • World's first smartphone running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich • Features a 4.65" HD Super AMOLED display at 1280x720 resolution • One of the slimmest smartphones at 8.94mm • Powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor 15

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November 9th, 2011 • RedesigneduserinterfacewithNFCsupportandfullweb browsing experience Amiga returns... with an $98 Android Tablet Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amiga-returns...-with-an-98-android- Amigaisoneofworld'siconicbrandsfromthedawnofmodern computing era. In 1990s, the platform was squeezed out of the market thanks to the success of PlayStation from gaming perspective, and Windows PC from workstation place. If we got a dime every time we heard that "Amiga is coming back", we'd be driving a Tesla Roadster by now. About a year ago, we heard that Commodore USA is bringing the Amiga back (again), focusing on tablets this time around. Loandbehold,wereceivednewsfromBillMcEwenthat Amiga is introducing a seven inch tablet powered by Android 2.2 operating system. The price of the 7" Amiga Xpedio 7MTB is setatonly$98,whiletheadd-onUSBkeyboardandprotective case raise the price to only $118. The Amiga Xpedio 7MTB is powered by VIA Technologies WM8650 ARM chip ticking at 720MHz, 256MB LPDDR2 memory, 4GB embedded storage and of course, the multi- touch screen. In order to keep the price down, 7MTB comes with resistive two-point touch-screen. You can expand the storage up to 32GB locally via MicroSD/MemoryStick/MMC cards. Besides the Xpedio 7MTB, Amiga also offers Xpedio 7 MT ($189)and Xpedio 10 MT ($289),whichalsofeatureSamsung PV210 SoC with ARM Cortex-A8 processor ticking at 1GHz, 512MB LPDDR2 memory and 8GB of local storage, also expandable up to 32GB. 7MT and 10MT are both equipped with capacitive multi-touch display. The manufacturer is stating that the preorder prices are good until November 11, 2011 with the delivery taking place before December 25, 2011. Published by: VR-Zone Information censorship to be strengthened in China, supported by tech firms Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/information-censorship-to-be- strengthened-in-china-supported-by-tech-firms/13882.html November 9th, 2011 tablet/13892.html November 9th, 2011 China seeks to increase their control of infomation across the internet, specifically social media, and claims to "stop the spreadofharmfulinfomation",accordingtostatenewsagency Xinhua. Chinese tech giants including Sina Corp and Alibaba took part in a three-day meeting which concluded with a common consensus amongst all leaders to “conscientiously safeguard the broadcasting of positive messages online” while helping to “curb the spread of rumours online, online pornography, fraud and the illegal spread of harmful information on the Internet. A key method is to invest in "tracking surveillance", which helps to keep up-to-date with the sentiments of users of micro blog services such as "Weibo" and remove infomation unfavorable to the ruling party before it spread to local or foreign news. This move may be seen as a strong response to a recent string exposure of events which highlights the behaviour of China and the government in less favourable light. These includes a surveillance video footage showing a child in a hit-and-run accident involving a van, followed by many pedestrians who completely ignore the plight of the child, as well as a badly mismanagement of a high speed rail accident. China may be seeing more enforced and official regulations as it will be controlled directly from the top of the governmental system, in addition to the strict regulation of infomation regulation teams for each individual service. 16

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November 9th, 2011 In addition to the regulation kept by "information control" teams in each individual service, the government may be having more official influence over censorship decisions in the future. Whilethesearenotnewtotheincreasingwebsavypopulation, it faces strong opposition as the younger generation of the population who will probably want to retain the level of freedom they had before. With over 100 million users in some of these services, it is easy to speculate a drastic change in reception depending on the level of censorship imposed. Sony unveils WA700 digital photo frame with online photo retrieval Sony Electronics Asia Pacific has introduced their latest WA700 digital photo frames which is not only Wi-Fi Sony has announced their first ever Wi-Fi enabled S-Frame, in the form of the DPF-WA700. The DPF-WA700 digital photoframehasa7-inchresistivetouchscreenandcomeswith home network connectivity for easy viewing of photos. Other features include the support for AccuWeather forecasts, 1GB internal memory that can store up to approximately 4,000 photos, and card slots supporting Memory Stick Duo, SD and SDHC formats. The WA700 users will also enjoy the benefit of vTuner Internet radio compatibility, AVCHD video file playback, Published by: VR-Zone and MP3/AAC/LPCM/WMA audio playback while viewing their photo slideshows. On top of that, it has several eco- friendly features such as LED backlight technology that uses less power to display images than typical CCFL technology without compromising on picture quality. An automatic on/ off timer also allows users to set their frames to turn off automatically when not in use after a period of time. The Sony DPF-WA700 digital photo frame will be available in January 2012, pricing is not available at press time. GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 Z68 Gaming Motherboard Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-g1.sniper-2-z68-gaming- motherboard-review/13881.html November 9th, 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-unveils-wa700-digital-photo- frame-with-online-photo-retrieval/13890.html November 9th, 2011 Today we take a look at one of the most feature filled Z68 Sandy Bridge motherboard from GIGABYTE's G1 series of gamer oriented motherboards, the GIGABYTE G1 Sniper 2. Follow us as we put the Sniper 2 under the microscope and examine its every aspect. enabled but it comes with online photo retrieval from Facebook and emails. It sports a 7-inch resistive touchscreen and features 1GB internal memory and card slots that support Memory Stick Duo, SD and SDHC. Before we start looking at the G1 Sniper 2, let's take a look at the platform and its benefits to gamers over the P67 platform. To begin, it seems that GIGABYTE waited for Z68 before launchingaLGA1155basedG1seriesmotherboard,andontop of that they gave the G1 Sniper 2 an HDMI output, something that sine of the top-end GIGABYTE boards (like the Z68X- UD7) lacks. So why does that matter for gamers? Well a gamer can use the Lucid Virtu switching to help lower energy costs when not gaming, and any user can use D-Mode without having to use the HDMI output in the back which can limit resolution to 1920x1600. Another thing to realize is that most games do not take advantage of SSDs, so most gamers don't want to buy the expensive 128GB or 256GB SSDs, they would rather save the money and put it towards a sound card or even a few games. SSD Caching (Intel Smart Response) can let that gamer slowly 17

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November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone upgrade to a faster storage system, while keeping their large HDD they can add a smaller and much cheaper SSD to help speed up things. They don't even have to reformat to do so. A game can easily fit into the 18-64GB cache that SSD Caching provides.Z68isabetterchipsetforgamersthanP67wouldbe, and generally better for users as a whole. Intel probably should have skipped P67 and just come out with the Z68 PCH. This motherboard fully supports Lucid VirtuGPUswitchingwhichallowsforswitchablegraphics,but only an HDMI port is used, so maximum resolution will be 1920x1080 for those of you who want to use i-Mode Virtu to save power. Of course D-Mode can be used on this board without plugging into the HDMI output, so gamers can still take advance of the faster transcoding that the Sandy Bridge iGPU provides. GIGABYTE also has an Easy Smart Responce program which can set up the SSD Caching with the press of a button, which might be to a gamer's benefit if they aren't a hardware enthusiast as well. The Intel Z68 PCH is the main chipset on the motherboard, and there is no longer a North Bridge (IOH) and South Bridge (ICH) like we still see on most AMD boards. CPU Support Chipset GIGABYTE G1 Sniper 2 1. Support for Intel ® Core™ i7 processors/ Intel ® Core™ i5 processors/ Intel ® Core™ i3 processors/ Intel ® Pentium ® processors/ Intel ® Celeron ® processors in the LGA1155 package 2. L3 cache varies with CPU Intel Z68 Chipset Memory 1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory * Due to Windows 32- bit operating system Multi-GPU Support limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB. 2. Dual channel memory architecture 3. Support for DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules 4. Support for non-ECC memory modules 5. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules Integrated Graphics Processor: HDMI Output (1920x1600) max resolution. Support for AMD CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI technology Expansion Slots 1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be Specifications: 18

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November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot. 2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8) * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode. 3. 2 x PCI Express x1 slots (All PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.) Storage 4. 2 x PCI slots 1 x Marvell 88SE9172 chip: 1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connector (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices 2. Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1 Chipset: 1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3_0, SATA3_1) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices 2. 3 x SATA 3Gb/ s connectors (SATA2_2~SATA2_4) supporting up to 3 SATA 3Gb/s devices 3. 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s connector (eSATA/ USB Combo connector) on the back panel supporting up to 1 SATA 3Gb/s device 4. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 * When a RAID set is built across the SATA 6Gb/s and SATA 3Gb/s channels, the system performance of the RAID set may vary depending on the devices being connected. LAN 1 x Bigfoot Killer E2100 chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) Audio 1. 1 x Creative CA20K2 chip 2. Support for Dolby ® Digital Live and DTS™ Connect 3. Support for X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity ® and EAX ® Advanced HD™ 5.0 technologies 4. High Definition Audio USB 5. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel 6. Support for S/PDIF Out 1. Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 ports on the back panel, including 1 eSATA/USB Combo connector, 6 ports available through the internal USB headers) 2 x Etron EJ168 chips: 1. Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 FireWire GIGABYTE Unique Features ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header) 1. Support for @BIOS 2. Support for Q-Flash 3. Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue 4. Support for Download Center 5. Support for Xpress Install 6. Support for Xpress Recovery2 7. Support for EasyTune * Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model. 8. Support for Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2 9. Support for Smart 6™ 10. Support for Auto Green 19

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20 November 9th, 2011 H/W Monitoring 11. Support for eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D) 12. Support for ON/OFF Charge 13. Support for Cloud OC 14. Support for 3TB+ Unlock 15. Support for TouchBIOS 16. Support for Q-Share 1. System voltage detection 2. CPU/System temperature detection 3. CPU/System fan speed detection 4. CPU overheating warning 5. CPU/System fan fail warning Back Panel I/O Ports 6. CPU/System fan speed control * Whether the CPU/ system fan speed control function is supported will depend on the CPU/system cooler you install. 1. 7 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports 2. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse port 3. 1 x CPU overclocking button 4. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector 5. 1 x eSATA/USB Combo connector 6. 1 x HDMI port 7. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports 8. 1 x RJ-45 port 9. 5 x audio jacks (Center/ Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Side Internal I/O Connectors Speaker Out, Line In/ Mic In, Line Out) 1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector 2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector Published by: VR-Zone 3. 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors 4. 3 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors 5. 1 x CPU fan header 6. 4 x system fan headers 7. 1 x front panel header 8. 1 x front panel audio header 9. 1 x S/PDIF Out header 10. 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers 11. 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header 12. 1 x serial port header 13. 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header 14. 1 x clearing CMOS jumper 15. 1 x heatsink LED power connector BIOS Bundle Software Form Factor 16. 1 x CPU overclocking button header 1. 2 x 32 Mbit flash 2. Use of licensed AWARD BIOS 3. Support for DualBIOS™ 4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b 1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version) 2. Intel ® Smart Response Technology 3. LucidLogix Virtu * Make sure the monitor cable has been connected to the integrated graphics port on the back panel. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 26.4cm Apple looking for LED back- light solutions for upcoming iPad 3 with Retina display Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-looking-for-led-back-light- solutions-for-upcoming-ipad-3-with-retina-display/13889.html

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November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone According to Digitimes, LED back-light unit (BLU) vendors have reportedly offered Apple two alternative backlight solutions for its next-generation iPad. The sources said that the single LED light bar for the iPad 2 (1024x768 resolution) display isn't able to handle the upcoming iPad 3's retina display, and therefore the solution would either be using dual LED light bars or keep the light bar in a single-bar form factor but with two LED chips; the iPad 3 is expected to adopt LCD panels with resolutions higher than 2048x1536 pixels. The Apple iPad 3 is rumored to launch in March 2012 with a slimmer design and minor update. Teledyne DALSA announces new Icon user programmable camera Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/teledyne-dalsa-announces-new-icon- user-programmable-camera/13888.html November 9th, 2011 Machine vision hardware and software manufacturer Teledyne DALSA has unveiled their new Icon user programmable camera, though it is designed mainly for OEMs. The Icon camera series features a 1GHz ARM Cortex- A8 and C64x+ DSP processor, Microsoft Windows CE real- time operating system and supports resolutions from VGA to 1600 in color and monochrome. November 9th, 2011 Rumors have been going around as to whether Apple's upcoming iPad will come with Retina display. And it looks like the company intends to incorporate that on the tablet device with news reports stating that Apple is looking for new backlight solution to maintain or strengthen the level of brightness. Today, Teledyne DALSA unveiled its new Icon user programmable camera series for embedded image processing applications. It features high quality, high sensitivity sensors and supports resolutions from 640x480 (VGA) to 1600x1200 in color and monochrome. It gives vision system developers power and flexibility to develop their own embedded imaging applications with the Embedded Sapera Vision SDK, a suite of embedded image acquisition, processing, analysis and control libraries using conventional programming languages like C/C ++. The Embedded Sapera Vision SDK package also features CamExpert as well as system configuration tools for easy configuration, development, debugging, and deploying vision applications. Key Features and Benefits - Available in resolutions of 640x480 and up to 1600x1200 in monochrome and color - Bundled as part of the Embedded Sapera Vision SDK, EmbeddedSaperaProcessingfeatureshighlyoptimizedimage processing primitives, Barcode, OCR, blob analysis, area and geometric search and calibration tools - Pre-licensed to run the entire suite of Embedded Sapera Processing - Designed for standalone operations and to carry out necessary actions with the help of onboard general purpose I/ O - Communicates with external devices, like PLC, using either Ethernet or RS232 ports - Incorporates non-volatile memory to store user applications and can be configured to run on power up without any assistance from a PC - Features optically isolated inputs and outputs for reliable operations - Available in C and CS-mount versions 21

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November 9th, 2011 No 64-bit graphics driver for Cedar Trail, nor any DX10.1 drivers Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/no-64-bit-graphics-driver-for-cedar- trail-nor-any-dx10.1-drivers/13887.html November 9th, 2011 any 64-bit drivers, nor will there be any DirectX 10.1 drivers. Despite more than capable hardware, Intel won't be offering drivers for Windows 7 64-bit, as the company has decided to re-focus its driver development efforts on Windows 8. If you haven't kept up with our past stories about Intel's Cedar Trail Atom processors, then this might come as a bolt of lightning from a clear sky if you were planning on getting a newnetbooklaterthisyear,asIntelhasdecidednottodevelop any 64-bit drivers, nor will there be any DirectX 10.1 drivers. Despite more than capable hardware, Intel won't be offering drivers for Windows 7 64-bit, as the company has decided to re-focus its driver development efforts on Windows 8. In as much as Intel has finally come up with an acceptable Atom CPU, it looks like its lack of drivers will now be crippling the platform instead of moving it forward. The motive isn't exactly clear to us, but it's possible that Windows 8 is a lot closer than anyone's expecting and Intel want to put as much effort as possible into having a fully featured driver ready for Microsoft's new operating system. Intel should have its first alpha driver ready early next year for Windows 8, but this is not really helping the current situation. What's even worse is that Intel won't even have its first WHQL certified driver ready for the launch of Cedar Trail which expected to happen this month, although best case Intel will have a driver ready by the very end of this month. Other features such as support for Wireless Display 1.2 and Intel SmartConnect1.2won'tarriveuntilnextyear,soits'clearthat Intelhassomeissuesgettingitsdriversoutinatimelymanner. That said, support for Wireless Display 1.1 should be part of the standard drive package, if this is a must have feature for your next netbook. For those interested in a Cedar Trail netbook with Linux, then things get even more complicated as apparently Intel has decided to integrate the Linux driver into MeeGo 1.2, but it's notclearifthecompanywillofferitforaseparatedownloador not. That said, Intel isn't expecting to have final drivers ready until the end of January next year for Linux. In related news, Intel will also be offering a single core "off roadmap" version of the mobile Cedar Trail-M processors, 22 Published by: VR-Zone although we don't have any details on clock speeds here, but in this day in age we'd advice to steer clear from single core processors unless you have a very limited budget. The new, as yet un-named Cedar Trail-M single core CPU should arrive sometime in January next year. MSI shows off its Big Bang XPower II X79 motherboard Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-shows-off-its-big-bang-xpower-ii- x79-motherboard/13886.html November 9th, 2011 If you haven't kept up with our past stories about Intel's Cedar Trail Atom processors, then this might come as a bolt of lightning from a clear sky if you were planning on getting a newnetbooklaterthisyear,asIntelhasdecidednottodevelop MSI has unveiled its top of the range X79 motherboard on its Facebook page – the Big Bang XPower II – and it really is a feature packed board, but it looks like MSI's marketing team has run out of ideas. Why? Well, simply because MSI has borrowed heavily from Gigabyte's G1 series of motherboards when it comes to the heatsink design, which in this case is also very much gun inspired. MSI has unveiled its top of the range X79 motherboard on its Facebook page – the Big Bang XPower II – and it really is a feature packed board, but it looks like MSI's marketing team has run out of ideas. Why? Well, simply because MSI has borrowed heavily from Gigabyte's G1 series of motherboards when it comes to the heatsink design, which in this case is also very much gun inspired. MSI appears to have packed the board to the brim with features, in fact, it's so full that MSI had to go for an XL-ATX form factor. The Big Bang XPower II has no less than seven x16PCIExpressslots,althoughonlytwoofthemhave16lanes worth of bandwidth, while the remaining five appear to be x8 slots. The labelling in this case is anything but clear, but Intel's new CPUs don't support enough PCI Express lanes for all the slots and we can see at least one set of switches on the board.There'salsoasetofdipswitchesthatarelabelledPCI-E CeaseFire which suggests that it's possible to manually disable at least some of the slots.

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November 9th, 2011 Moving on we have 10 SATA ports, of which six are SATA 6Gbps as far as we can tell, although four of those ports should be from third party chips which aren't visible due to the rather large chipset heatsink. There are also two 90 degree angled connectors for four USB 3.0 ports, two pin headers for four USB 2.0 ports and one pin header for a FireWire port. We're disappointed to see the old NEC/Renesas USB 3.0 host controllers on this board, as they're not quite keeping up with Published by: VR-Zone Around the back we're looking at a PS/2 port, six USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port, a pair of Gigabit Ethernet jacks which appear to be utilizing two different Intel networkcontrollers,7.1-channelaudiowithopticalandcoaxial S/PDIF out and what appears to be a CMOS reset button. Then there's that thing about the heatsinks, people have already complained enough about Gigabyte's G1 series of motherboards, but apparently MSI didn't notice this and has come up with its own gun inspired design. The VRM area is cooled by what looks like a Gatling gun, or in more modern terms, a mini gun, whereas the chipset itself has been fitted with what we guess are supposed to be six rounds of ammunition, although they look more like crayons to us and the gold-ish colour doesn't help in this case either. The chipset is connected via a flat heatpipe to a secondary heatsink which appears to be cooling little else, whereas the VRM heatsink is connected via a heatpipe to the Gatling gun. Not the most classy design and there's even a cut-out in the Gatling gun to allow for access to the screw hole beneath it. the competition these days. Other bits of interest includes X-Fi MB2 audio, which we presume is software based, although a piece of metal is hiding the actual audio components, measurement points for Voltages, a POST 80 debug LED display, a power, OC Genie, Multi BIOS button and a pair of buttons labelled Direct OC. MSI has also added a pair of 8-pin 12V connectors and a 6-pin power connector in a really poor placement in front of a pair of the x16 PCI Express slots. Speaking of power, the board has a 24-phase VRM design, plus an additional four phases for the memory. We should commend MSI for only having 4-pin fan headers, although the location of some of them is pretty poor. As for pricing, well, we'd guess MSI will be charging a pretty penny for the Big Bang XPower II, as with all the components thrown in, it's not going to be cheap to make. It's clearly gunning for Asus and Gigabyte, although we think MSI has missedthemarkalittlebitandit'ssadtoseethattheycouldn't come up with their own ideas for the heatsinks. On the plus side, MSI went with passive cooling, all x16 PCI Express slots 23

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November 9th, 2011 and eight DIMMs, something we're sure will appeal to plenty of potential buyers. It's a week to go until the launch, so all is likely to be revealed very soon. OCZ to launch TLC NAND based SSDs next year Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-to-launch-tlc-nand-based-ssds- next-year/13885.html November 9th, 2011 If you still think SSDs are too expensive, then OCZ might have a solution for you come early next year, as the company is planning to offer SSDs with TLC (three bits per cell) NAND flash. This means that less flash memory is needed to make an SSD of the same capacity as when MLC NAND flash is being used, much in the same way as MLC is cheaper than SLC. The company also has some new Indilinx SSD controllers coming which will further help keeping costs down. If you still think SSDs are too expensive, then OCZ might have a solution for you come early next year, as the company is planning to offer SSDs with TLC (three bits per cell) NAND flash. This means that less flash memory is needed to make an SSD of the same capacity as when MLC NAND flash is being used, much in the same way as MLC is cheaper than SLC. The company also has some new Indilinx SSD controllers coming which will further help keeping costs down. If the upside of using TLC NAND flash in an SSD is lower cost, the downside is reliability, as for one, TLC NAND flash has so far only been used in various memory cards and possibly a few USB flash drives, but not in a single SSD to date. On top of that, writing more data per cell means that each cell will wearoutquicker.However,OCZseemstoarguethatit'snotan issue in consumer applications, as the company is expecting the TLC NAND flash life to be at least four years and by then most consumers have upgraded their computer already. Published by: VR-Zone the life of NAND flash by up to two times. However, the first generation of Indilinx controllers that will support TLC will only feature first generation nDurance technology and will as such not offer the extra life span for NAND flash. The company is also planning some new high-performance SSD controllers for both SATA and PCI Express interfaces which are said to hit 100,000 IOPS for the enterprise market and 70,000 IOPS for the consumer market. Other new additions are NVM Express based SSDs, where NVM Express is a new PCI Express based SSD solution for the enterprise market. Judging by OCZ's future plans, it looks like 2012 will be an interesting year for SSDs and we very much doubt that OCZ's competitors are sitting back and let OCZ be the only company hitting these new market segments. Exclusive Look at G.Skill RipjawsZ Quad-Channel Kit Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-look-at-g.skill-ripjawsz-quad- channel-kit/13884.html November 9th, 2011 Inexactlyaweek'stimefromnow,IntelSandyBridge-EHEDT (high-end desktop) platform will be upon us. But November 14 isn't a big day just for Intel and its three new processors, but an entire ecosystem of manufacturers and products that are designed for Sandy Bridge-E, including motherboards, memory,andcooling.Aftermotherboards,memoryisanother key component. G.Skill is timing the launch of its latest performance-segment DDR3 memory series, RipjawsZ for Sandy Bridge-E launch. We got a rare closer look. Inexactlyaweek'stimefromnow,IntelSandyBridge-EHEDT (high-end desktop) platform will be upon us. But November 14 isn't a big day just for Intel and its three new processors, but an entire ecosystem of manufacturers and products that are designed for Sandy Bridge-E, including motherboards, memory,andcooling.Aftermotherboards,memoryisanother key component. G.Skill is timing the launch of its latest performance-segment DDR3 memory series, RipjawsZ for Sandy Bridge-E launch. We got a rare closer look. In addition to that, OCZ is planning to introduce new Indilinx SSD controllers, of which the second generation that should arrive towards the end of next year will feature nDurance 2 technology which the company claims will further increase 24

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November 9th, 2011 RipjawsZ sports a new DDR3 module design by G.Skill. It makes use of the latest performance low-voltage DDR3 chips and uses them to its advantage, such as getting high DRAM speeds and tight timings at acceptable DRAM voltage levels. The boards shed the green PCB color for pure black, and a slightly chunky piano-black heatspreader. We have with us a F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZHD, a quad-channel DDR3-2133 What's more, this kit is the ZHD variant (high performance + tighttimings+activecooling),andincludesadual-fancooling modulethatlatchesontoasetofDRAMslotsandactivelycools the modules. 25 Published by: VR-Zone Wethinkthere'saproblemarea.MostX79motherboardshave four DDR3 modules arranged in sets of two on either sides of the socket. Few boards have eight slots with four on either sides.Wegot justonecoolerinourkit,butwe'renotsureifthe final product will have just one. It's likely that a second cooler is already on its way. In any case, G.Skill recommends the use of the included cooler. MHz kit that can run at its advertised speeds with timings of 9-11-9-28T, and DRAM voltage of 1.65V. The kit consists of four matched 4 GB modules, totaling its capacity to a zesty 16 GB. Although the heatspreaders look a little chunky and tall, they're designed keeping in mind the space constraints of Sandy Bridge-E motherboards. Here's a picture of a couple of these seated on an ASUS Rampage IV Extreme X79 motherboard, with a typical high-end tower-type cooler hanging over its head.

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November 9th, 2011 26 Thankstosomeearlyinfofromourfriendsat Maximum-Tech , we know what the rest of the RipjawsZ lineup looks like: OCZ ZT Series 550W PSU Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-zt-series-550w-psu- review/13883.html November 9th, 2011 OCZ might have started off as a memory modules manufacturer but the company diversified into several other segments of the computer components market, such as CPU coolers, SSD drives and power supply units. OCZ has been marketing performance power supplies for over half a decade; Published by: VR-Zone however they turned into a major player after they acquired PCPower&Cooling,acompanywhichspecializedonthefield. The company currently markets three series: The premium ZX series, the ZT series which are fully modular units aiming towards enthusiasts but are more sensibly priced than the premium ZX series and the value range ZS series. Today we are hosting the first power supply review of an OCZ product in VR-Zone and the product is no other than a ZT 550W power supply. OCZ might have started off as a memory modules manufacturer but the company diversified into several other segments of the computer components market, such as CPU coolers, SSD drives and power supply units. OCZ has been marketing performance power supplies for over half a decade; however they turned into a major player after they acquired PCPower&Cooling,acompanywhichspecializedonthefield. The company currently markets three series: The premium ZX series, the ZT series which are fully modular units aiming towards enthusiasts but are more sensibly priced than the premium ZX series and the value range ZS series. Today we are hosting the first power supply review of an OCZ product in VR-Zone and the product is no other than a ZT 550W power supply. Manufacturer features and specifications • Single +12V rail for efficient power distribution • • • • • • • • • • • • Heavy-duty protection circuitry Fully Modular Cabling System 80-Plus Bronze Certified (85% efficient at typical load) 140mm ball-bearing fan Dimensions: 150 x 86 x 175mm (W x L x H) Rated at 45°C ambient Premium 105°C electrolytic capacitors Erp compliant, low power usage in standby mode Active PFC ATX 12V 2.2 Compliant MTBF: 100,000 hours 5-year warranty OCZ ZT 550W AC INPUT 100-240V ~ 8A-4A 50/60Hz DC +5V +3.3V +12V -12V +5Vsb 3A OUTPUT MAX 24A CURRENT MAX 140W COMBINED WATTAGE 24A 540W 45A 6W 0.5A 15W

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November 9th, 2011 TOTAL POWER: 550W Continuous 3-way AMD A75/A55 Llano motherboard shootout Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/3-way-amd-a75a55-llano- motherboard-shootout/13879.html November 9th, 2011 Today we take a look at three different Llano boards through the entire range of the AMD Fusion Lynx platform. The AsusF1A75-VPro,GigabyteA75M-UD2HandECSA55F-Aare put under the microscope and through the tests to determine notonlywhichcomesoutontop,butalsowhichfitsyourneeds best. AMD introduced their Lynx platform with the A75 chipset a few months ago, and since then they have also released the toned down A55 chipset aimed at builders on a budget. The most impressive aspect of the Lynx platform is its ability to house a DX11 capable GPU on-die with 4 real processor cores, and keep the TDP under 100W. Today we will take a look at three boards in three different prices ranges, two are A75 chipset motherboards and one is an A55 chipset board. We will focus on their build quality as well as their performance in various benchmarks. First let’s look at the Lynx platform, as well as the difference between the A75 and A55 FCH (Fusion Controller Hub). Published by: VR-Zone Now in red is what the A55 chipset lacks. This includes the loss of 4 USB 3.0 ports and FIS based switching for RAID arrays. There is also one other major difference, the lack of SATA 6GB/s ports. All of the SATA 6GB/s ports have been toned down to slower SATA 3GB/s ports, which might have an impact on some of the new SATA 6GB/s SSDs which actually take advantage of the higher bus speed. Of course all these downgrades do save the budget minded consumer a good bit of cash. What is most notable about the A75 FCH is its ability to house so many different devices, as well as a consumer IR system which will be great for home theater systems. ASUS GIGABYTE F1A75-V Pro A75M-UD2H ECS A55F-A CPU AMD A series AMD A series AMD A series Support Chipset Memory & E2 series processors A75 4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR3 MHz Non- ECC, Un- buffered Memory & E2 series processors A75 4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, ECC, Un- & E2 series processors A55 4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066 1866/1600/133 DDR3 2250(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 Non- MHz Non- MHz ECC, Un- buffered Memory buffered Memory On-Board Graphics 1. 1 x D- Sub port 27

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b. 1 x DVI- D port, c. 1 x HDMI port, d. 1 x DisplayPort, Express Express x16 slot, x16 slot, running running November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 28 1. 1 x D- Sub port 2. 1 x DVI- D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 3. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 4. 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 1. a. 1 x D- 2. 1 x DVI- D port, 3. 1 4. 1 Sub supporting port a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 supporting x a HDMI maximumport, resolutionsupporting of a 2560x1600 maximum resolution of 1920x1200 supporting x a DisplayPort, maximumsupporting resolutiona of maximum 1920x1200 resolution of 2560x1600 supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 Audio LAN Expansion Slots Realtek® Realtek® Realtek® ALC892 8- ALC889 8- ALC892 8- Channel High Channel High Channel High Definition Definition Definition Audio CODEC Audio CODEC Audio CODEC 97dB SNR 108dB SNR 97dB SNr Realtek Realtek Realtek RTL8111E RTL8111E RTL8111E chip chip chip (10/100/1000 (10/100/1000 (10/100/1000 Mbit) Mbit) Mbit) 1. 2 x PCI 1. 1 x PCI 1. 1 x PCI Express Express Express x16 slot, x16 slot, x16 slot, one running running running at x16 at x16 at x16 (PCIEX16) (PCIEX16) (PCIEX16), 2. 1 x PCI 2. 1 x PCI two running at X8/X8 2. 2 x PCI at x4 at Express (PCIEX4) x4 (PCIEX4) x1 slot 3. 3 x PCI slot 3. 1 x PCI Express 3. 2 x PCI Express Multi- Graphics Technology Storage x1 slot x1 slot 4. 1 x PCI 4. 3 x PCI slot slot Supports Support for Support for AMD AMD Dual AMD Dual CrossFireX™ Graphics Graphics Technology technology technology 1. 6 x SATA 1. 5 x SATA 5 x Serial 6Gb/s 6Gb/s ATA 3Gb/s connectors connectors connectors supporting supporting up to 5 up to 5 SATA SATA 6Gb/s 6Gb/s devices devices 2. (ASMedia) 2. 1 x 1 x eSATA eSATA 6Gb/s 6Gb/s port on port on the back the back panel panel supporting supporting up to 1 up to 1 SATA SATA 6Gb/s 6Gb/s device device (Note 7) 3. (ASMedia)13. Support x SATA for RAID 6Gb/s 0, RAID USB (red) 4. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, and JBOD 1. Up to 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers) 2. Up to 6 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 ports 1, RAID 10, and JBOD 1. Up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers) 2. Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on 1. Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 ports on the back panel, 6 ports available through the internal USB headers)

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1394a header power fan header º 1 x 3-pin SYS_FAN connector 7. 1 x front º 3 x USB 2.0 headers 9. 1 x S/ PDIF Out 14. 1 x parallel 2. 1 x D- HDMI Port 7. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports 9. 1 x November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 29 on the back panel, the back panel, 2 ports 2 ports available through the internal USB header) IEEE 1394 None Internal I/O 1 x USB 3.0 Connectors connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) (19- pin) 4 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 8 USB 2.0 port(s) 1 x COM port(s) connector(s) 7 x SATA 6Gb/ s connector(s) 1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin) 2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin) 1 x Power Fan connector(s) (3 -pin) 1 x S/PDIF out header(s) 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s) available through the internal USB header) Up to 2 IEEE None 1394a ports (1 on the back panel, 1 port available through the internal IEEE 1394a header) 1. 1 x 24- º 1 x 24- pin ATX pin ATX main Power Supply power connector connectorº 1 x 8- 2. 1 x 4-pin pin ATX ATX 12V 12V Power Connector connector º 1 x 24- 3. 5 x SATA pin ATX 6Gb/s Power Supply connectors connector 4. 1 x APU º 1 x 4-pin CPU_FAN connector 5. 1 x system fan header 6. 1 x power fan º 1 x 3-pin header PWR_FAN connector panel header 8. 1 x front support panel additional 6 audio USB ports header º 5 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s connectors header º 1 x COM 10. 2 x USB header 2.0/1.1 headers º 1 x LPT header 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s) 3.0/2.0 header 11. 1 x USB º 1 x Front panel audio header 1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP) 1 x System panel(s) 1 x MemOK! button(s) 1 x TPU switch(es) 1 x EPU switch(es) Back Panel 1 x PS/2 Connectors keyboard/ mouse combo port(s) 1 x DVI-D 1 x D-Sub 1 x DisplayPort 1 x HDMI 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s) 4 x USB 3.0 2 x USB 2.0 1 x Optical S/ PDIF out 6 x Audio jack(s) 12. 1 x IEEE º 1 x Front panel header 13. 1 x serial º 1 x Speaker port header header º 1 x SPDIF out header port header 15. 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header 16. 1 x clearing CMOS jumper 1. 1 x PS/2 º 6 x USB 2.0 keyboard/ports mouse º 1 x PS/2 port keyboard & PS/2 mouse Sub port connectors 3. 1 x DVI- º 1 x D- D port sub(VGA) 4. 1 x º 1 x DVI Port port º 1 x HDMI 5. 1 x DisplayPort 6. 1 x º 1 x RJ45 optical LAN S/PDIF connector Out connectorº 1 x Audio port (1x Line in, 4x Line out, 1x Optical SPDIF Out) 8. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 º 1 x ports Clear_CMOS button eSATA 6Gb/s port 10. 1 x RJ-45 port

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2. Use of 2.4, ACPI º Support eOC Micro ATX º ATX Size, November 9th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 11. 6 x audio jacks (Center/ Subwoofer Speaker Out/ BIOS 32 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI BIOS, PnP, DMI v2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS V2.6, ACPI V2.0a Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/ Microphone) 1. 2 x 32 º AMI BIOS Mbit with 32Mb flash SPI ROM º Support licensed Milti-language AWARD BIOS Utility BIOS º Support 3. Support ECS M.I.B III for Utility DualBIOS™ 4. PnP 1.0a, º Support DMI 2.0, eBLU SM BIOS º Support eDLU 1.0b º Support eSF º Support eGS º Support EZ Charger Form Factor ATX Form Factor 12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm 24.4cm x 24.4 cm ) Price (USD) $120 $95 $80 Mainstream desktop CPUs future evolution - more performance or just more integration? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mainstream-desktop-cpus-future- evolution--more-performance-or-just-more-integration-/13880.html November 9th, 2011 Right now, even after AMD's Bulldozer roll-out, Intel still seems to have quite clear processor performance dominance on the desktop for some time to come. So, since the refinements to the existing processes, and the new semiconductor process nodes will bring the capability to improvements,howtousethem?Performance,powerorprice (read: integration)? The LGA1155 mainstream desktop platform already has a decent level of integration: 16 PCIe lanes are there on the CPU die already (in fact, there are also 4 extra PCIe lanes on the Xeon versions of LGA1155 Sandy Bridges, a rarely observed fact!), and of course the graphics is there too for those who want to use it. The IO hub is relegated just to that, a bunch of general I/O interfaces connected via dedicated DMI2 lanes, basically PCIe v2, to the CPU. So, the total is a two chip solution. Now, the March-timeframe Ivy Bridge desktop refresh can't integrate more despite the 22 nm process migration benefit, since there are limitations due to the the LGA1155 plug-in socket compatibility. Simply, the focus is on - to some extent - performance enhancements like 20%++ per-core speed jump after counting the slight IPC improvements and frequency gains,aswellasatleastdoublethegraphicsperformance.But, to a much greater extent, the focus will be on reduced power consumption,sothatboththedesktops,andespeciallylaptops and ultrabooks, can gain from extra power savings for a given performance level. So, when extra integration isn't possible due to the socket compatibility limitation, there will be some performance focus, but more power saving focus, in the Ivy Bridge generation some six months from now. Watch for some really Form Factor; 305mm*220mm lovely TDP figures there. 24.4cm x After that, Haswell will keep the same 22 nm process in early 2013, of course with some refinements as Intel tunes up the new process over time. However, mainstream Haswell will have new sockets - LGA1150 for desktops and rPGA947 & BGA1364 for the mobile market - so the door is open for more integration on-die this time. At the same time, if AMD's "Piledriver" and other coming cores don't improve the performance dramatically, Intel is bound to have massive performance advantage by that time still. So, what to focus on in Haswell? As of now, if you rate the advancement in each category by numberof+++++from1to5,thedeepthroatssayHaswellwill focusonPerformance(++),Integration(+++)andPoweras(+ +++)! Basically, the performance improvements are expected tobelimitedtoincreasedinstructionpercycleparallelismwith new execution ports and better prefetching & branch handling for per-thread performance improvement, as well as AVX2 30

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November 9th, 2011 improvements like fused multiply add (which doesn't always speedupthings)withdoubledcachebandwidthtofeedallthat. Thisbyitselfisverygoodandcouldleadtoanotherabove20% same-clock per-core performance jump even in many current apps, but is still less compared to the effort put in the other two departments. After all, the other key related performance aspects - like the L3 cache size of 8 MB, and the dual-channel DDR3-1600++, are expected to stay the same. that would help board and system designers get things done faster and better, and should I say cheaper, the magical word fortheuber-thriftyTaiwanese.Thevoltageregulatorsaretobe fully integrated in the CPU, greatly assisting the power design, not just the overclockers. Also, the display ports are all right there on the CPU die, no need to route through outside IO hubs or such. These two changes may look minor, but actually they help quite a bit in the system design, even reducing the requiredboardareainthecaseofintegratedVR,orsimplifying the high speed video routing as HDMI and DisplayPort come out directly from the CPU to the outside connectors, only VGA being routed via Lynx Point chipset. The latter now obviously becomesevensimpler,leavingthedieareatoimplementmore USB3,SATA3andsuchinterfaces,includingbuilt-inEthernet. Here, of course, extra integration means also lower costs, therefore lower end user price. The most interesting development, though, is on the power consumption front here. As Intel mentioned during the past IDF keynotes, the idle power consumption on Haswell will be reduced by an order of magnitude. That doesn't benefit tablets or Ultrabooks only - it is very useful for desktops as well,whichareoftenleftrunningwhenhundredsofmillionsof company employees worldwide go out for their lunch breaks, for instance. This alone would be untold gigawatts of power saved at the global level. And yes, you could have an iPad-sized fully PC-capable tablet too. And, there is more: the converged platform power management, or Intel Power Optimizer, now includes new even deeper power states for further savings and rapid transitions between them due to that integrated voltage regulator. 31 Published by: VR-Zone The massive reduction in idle power, accompanied also by noticeable reduction in full-load power for a given performance level, will help Haswell also be a very very 'green' CPU, something not usually expected from X86 processorswiththeirawfulbaggagefrom30yearsofbackward compatibility to what was, even in the '80s, considered the most awkward CPU architecture around - compared to the Motorola 68K of the day, which powered Steve Job's first Mac then, remember? Another important thing, related to this, is that as the AVX instruction extensions with their RISC-like 3-address instruction format and much more elegant programming are expanded to integer in the Haswell generation, the next generation X86 code with AVX can in fact look less and less like X86 code, and more and more like elegant RISC code, the way PowerPC, Alpha and MIPS did it all those years ago? This would be a very smooth way for Intel (and AMD) to gradually de-emphasise the X86 baggage portion and use the extended AVX as a base of a new 'X86' instruction base, using those SSE registers as the main pool. On the integration front, there are system level enhancements Why is that so important? It's not just performance or design simplicity,butalsopowersaving.LookathowwelltheChinese RISC CPUs, based on MIPS and Alpha respectively, perform so well even when 2 process generations behind Intel or AMD. They run at similar performance at least in FP, and, if you look at their recent supercomputers, consume far less power than their X86 based US counterparts, partly because their CPUs save millions of gates by not having the X86 oddities and complexities. A future X86 PC rehash where AVX , not old X86, is the base, and X86 is left to some 'compatibility box' aside, would provide the next much needed power, performance,andparallelismscalingpushforthemainstream PC CPUs. Canon Makes Hollywood Debut Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-makes-hollywood- debut/13878.html November 9th, 2011 Canon Inc. and Canon Singapore announce the Cinema EOS System - the new professional level system introduces Canon to the world of motion picture production and is sure to make waves in the industry. The system is a full range of lenses, CinemaEOSlens,digitalvideocamcorderanddSLRproducts.

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November 9th, 2011 Canon Inc. and Canon Singapore announce the Cinema EOS System - the new professional level system introduces Canon to the world of motion picture production and is sure to make waves in the industry. The system is a full range of lenses, CinemaEOSlens,digitalvideocamcorderanddSLRproducts. The announcement introduces two digital video camcorders, seven EF Cinema Lenses and a digital SLR camera, the later is still a concept product and still under development. We all know that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera is the camera that brought Canon into the motion picture and television industry. This vertical isn't about to go die, in fact, statistics have shown that the consumption of online media content is on the rise thanks YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr and a host of other online services. Here's a break down of the products announced or introduced in Hollywood, California on 3 November, 2011 (Singapore, 4 November 2011). EF Cinema Lenses • CN-E14.5 - 60mm T2.6L S EF mount • CN-E14.5 - 60mm T2.6L SP PL mount • CN-E30 - 300mm T2.95 - 3.7L S EF mount • CN-E30 - 300mm T2.95 - 3.7L SP PL mount • CN-E24mm T1.5L F EF mount • CN-E50mm T1.3L F EF mount • CN-E85mm T1.3L F EF mount Digital Video Camcorders EOS C300 EF mount • EOS C300 PL PL mount Digital SLR Camera (under development) TBD EF mount Published by: VR-Zone The lenses are 4K Cinema lenses available in both EF mount and PL mount, the later PL mount (Positive Lock) is an industry standard for 16mm and 35mm movie cameras. The EF mount is for Canon's digital SLR cameras. The reason they are referred to as 4K lenses is due to their optical performance, capable of delivering on high resolution digital video of 4096 x 2160 pixels. The prime lenses are compatible with full-frame dslrs, in the case of Canon digital bodies that would make them compatible with the 1Ds and 5D bodies. Let's not forget the most recent Canon announced EOS-1D X is also a full frame camera. The EOS C300/C300 PL (above) looks more like a medium format camera, that would be an interesting path for Canon to go down since they certainly have the know-how to produce huge mega-pixel sized sensors but that's a different story. The EOS C300 PL offers compatibility with industry standard PL glass. The camcorder sensor is equipvalent to Super 35 film and has an approximate resolution of 8.29-megapixels. TheconceptDSLRcamerawiththeabilitytoshoot4Kvmovies is equipped with the larger full frame CMOS sensor and it recordsthe4Kvideoataframerateof24PusingMotion-JPEG compression. It is like a Canon EOS 5D Mark II on steroids. Everyone is still waiting to see what the 5D Mark 2 successor is going to deliver and with the announced capabilities of the new 1D X the bar has been set pretty high, but 4K video will top the 1D X video capabilities. This begs to question if the 5D Mark II's successor is going to go down the camcorder path morethanthestillphotographypathandthe1DXwilltakethe reigns as the hybrid full-frame camera. * Cropped to APS-H equivalent size (dimensions measure approximately 80% verticall and horizontally of a 35mm full- fram sensor) wne recording in 4K. Pricing and Availability to be advised Full Press Release from Canon Singapore: 32

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Published by: VR-Zone November 13th, 2011 VR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Corsair Force GT 180GB SSD Drive Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-force-gt-180gb-ssd-drive- review/13952.html November 13th, 2011 The SSD market is growing rapidly with each passing day and became even more attractive after the recent catastrophe in Thailand which caused the prices of mechanical drives to rise significantly. One of the leading SSD providers is Corsair, which may have started off as a RAM modules manufacturer but today is famous for their many enthusiast-class products. A few months ago we reviewed a SSD from their fastest series of drives, the 120GB Force GT. Corsair soon afterwards released slightly better, larger versions of the drives utilizing the same controller. Today we are going to have a look at one of those drives, the 180GB Force GT SSD. The SSD market is growing rapidly with each passing day and became even more attractive after the recent catastrophe in Thailand which caused the prices of mechanical drives to rise significantly. One of the leading SSD providers is Corsair, which may have started off as a RAM modules manufacturer but today is famous for their many enthusiast-class products. A few months ago we reviewed a SSD from their fastest series of drives, the 120GB Force GT . Corsair soon afterwards released slightly better, larger versions of the drives utilizing the same controller. Today we are going to have a look at one of those drives, the 180GB Force GT SSD. Manufacturer features and specifications Warranty SSD Unformatted Capacity Max Sequential Read/ Write (using ATTO Disk Benchmark) Max Random 4k Write (using IOMeter 08) Three years 180 GB 555 MB/s sequential read 525 MB/s sequential write 85k IOPS (4k aligned) Interface SATA Form Factor DRAM Cache Memory Weight Voltage Power Consumption (active) Power Consumption (idle/ standby/sleep) S.M.A.R.T. Support Shock MTBF 6Gb/s 2.5 inch No 80g 5V ±5% 2.5W Max 0.6W Max Yes 1500 G 2,000,000 hours · Operating temperature: 0° C to +70° C · · Storage temperature: -20° C to +85° C Operating Humidity: 10% to 90% RH (0° to +40° C) · Maximum Operating Altitude: 3,048 m (up to 10,000 ft.) · Maximum Non-Operative Altitude: 12,192 m (up to 40,000 ft.) SITEX 2011 "All I Want for Xmas" Lucky Draw Prizes Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sitex-2011-all-i-want-for-xmas-lucky- draw-prizes/13949.html November 13th, 2011 Accumulate $100 in a single receipt and stand a chance to win 10 x $2000 cash PLUS a X'mas gift of your choice. S$2000 CASH + SAMSUNG 60" FHD Smart LED TV worth $8,888 (Model No. UA-60D8000) S$2000 CASH + SONY 46" FHD 3D LED TV worth $3,299 (Model No. KDL-46NX720) S$2000 CASH + LG 55" FHD 3D LED TV worth $4,399 1

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November 13th, 2011 “All I Want for X’mas” Draw Terms & Conditions (Model No. 55LW6500) S$2000 CASH + NIKON DSLR 16.2MP C/W 18-105 Lens worth $2,149 (Model No. D7000KIT) S$2000 CASH + OLYMPUS Micro Forth Third worth $1,298 (Model No. E- P3/1442) S$2000 CASH + SHARP 40" FHD LED TV worth $1,899 (Model No. LC-40LE820M) S$2000 CASH + SONY Digital Video Camcorder worth $1,449 (Model No. HDR-XR160E/B) S$2000 CASH + CANON DSLR C/W 18-135MM Lens worth $1,549 (Model No. EOS-600D KIT2) S$2000 CASH + PHILIPS 3D Blu-Ray Home Theatre worth $699 (Model No. HTS-5561) S$2000 CASH + SONY 16.2 MP DSC worth $499 (Model No. DSC-TX10/B) Terms & Conditions: • Participants are entitled to one lucky draw coupon for every S $100 spent or deposited (single receipt) during SITEX from 24 to 27 November 2011 (up to a maximum of 20 entry forms per pax). • To enter, simply drop the completed Lucky Draw Coupon into the Lucky Draw Box at the Redemption area (Hall 4B). Published by: VR-Zone • Your prize will be based on your selection on the entry form. • The draw will be conducted on 7 December 2011, 10am at Singex Exhibition Ventures Pte Ltd. • Results of the draw will be published in The New Paper and www.sitex.com.sg on 14 December 2011. All winners will be notified by email/phone. • All prizes must be collected by 10 February 2012 (Friday), 5.00pm, from Singex Exhibition Ventures Ptd Ltd (1 Expo Drive #01-01, Foyer 1) or designated prize collection centres. • Unclaimed prizes will be donated to a charitable organisation chosen by the Organiser. The winner whose prize is forfeited is not entitled to any compensation not withstanding non- receipt of notification. • As a participant of the draw, he/she hereby authorises the Organiser to disclose and publicise his/her name, and other particulars deemed appropriate by the Organiser. • The Organiser may at its discretion, at any time, replace or substitute any prize with another of equal value. • Prizes are not exchangeable for cash, credit or in kind. 2

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November 13th, 2011 • The result of the draw is final and no correspondence will be entertained. • All staff of Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF), Singex Exhibition Ventures Ptd Ltd, and their agencies are not eligible to participate in the draw. Original Source: http://www.sitex.com.sg/content_page/ Xmas_prizes_2011.html SITEX 2011 @ Singapore EXPO Floor Plans Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sitex-2011--singapore-expo-floor- plans/13948.html November 13th, 2011 iOS update fails to fix battery problem for some Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ios-update-fails-to-fix-battery- problem-for-some/13947.html November 13th, 2011 TheiOS5.0.1updatethatwassupposedtoresolveproblemsin the battery consumption of the new iPhone 4S did not appear to have solved the battery-drain issue for everyone. A quick visit to the Apple Support Communities forum shows many irate posts of users complaining of the same battery problems even after updating to iOS 5.0.1 . Resolving the battery issue has been tricky affair, mainly due to conflicting experiences encountered by different users. For Published by: VR-Zone example, a user with the nick of eharrell says he resolved his battery drain issue by changing his email settings from "Push" to "Fetch," while others are adamant that performing a reset of network settings fixed the problem. Another user by the nick of Deannanel cast suspicion instead onthenewiOS5ratherthanahardwareproblemwiththenew iPhone 4S. He outlined various techniques he tried in order to reduce the problem: "I have been closing out as many apps as possible and limited notifications to try to preserve battery but the iPad is a real problem. Could it be Safari? There are tabs now instead of pages. Is this somehow sucking up battery?" The concern that users have over battery life of their iPhones is perfectly understandable, since many have locked into hefty two year contracts in order to get their iDevices. In Singapore, atleastonemobileoperatorhasstipulatedadditionalpenalties preventing early termination of contract and more stringent clauses forbidding early re-contract. The strict terms are probably due the far higher prices that mobile operators are forced to subsidize. Nevertheless, if you are currently on iOS 5.0 and would like to update, you may do so over-the-air, which is a new capability found only in iOS 5. To initiate it, just go to the Settings App, ‘General' -> ‘Software Update'. Asus P9X79WS makes a brief appearance ahead of launch Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-p9x79ws-makes-a-brief- appearance-ahead-of-launch/13946.html November 13th, 2011 Not entirely unexpected, Asus will be launching a WS or Work Station version of its P9X79 motherboards which is simply called the P9X79WS and the first picture of the new board has now appeared online. This model shares some basic design elements with the Pro and Deluxe boards, but it's pretty clear that it's not intended for the same market. Not entirely unexpected, Asus will be launching a WS or Work Station version of its P9X79 motherboards which is simply called the P9X79WS and the first picture of the new board has now appeared online. This model shares some basic design elements with the Pro and Deluxe boards, but it's pretty clear that it's not intended for the same market. The most obvious difference between the WS model and the consumer models is the slot configuration and the different heasink design. The P9X79WS has no less than six x16 PCI Express slots, although we're not sure about the exact 3

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November 13th, 2011 configuration here, but we're guessing that the two blue slots are both actual x16 slots, with the black slots sharing bandwidth with the blue slots whereas the white slots are limitedtofourlanesorsomethingsimilar.Theboardsupports The board has the standard two SATA 6Gbps ports and four SATA 3Gbps ports provided by the chipset, as well as a pair of additional SATA 6Gbps ports courtesy of a Marvell chip. There's also a pin header for two front USB 3.0 ports as well as two pin headers for four front USB 2.0 ports and one pin headereachforaFireWireandserialport.Thetoprightcorner appears to have a Molex connector for additional power and there's also a POST 80 debug LED display and a power and reset button on the board. As we mentioned, the heatsinks are quite different, with a fairly peculiar design where the chipset heatsink is connected to a smaller heatsink fitted to what appears to be the power regulation for the memory by a heatpipe and this heatsink is then in turn connected via a second heatpipe to the MOSFET heatsink. Around the back we're looking at a pair of PS/2 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port, a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports of which at least one is connected to an Intel chip, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out and a “Easy BIOS Flashback” button that judging by the box allows you to flash your BIOS from a USB dongle connected to the white USB port at the back of the board. No word on pricing, but at least we only have to wait until Monday to find out. Source: Sweclockers (in Swedish) VIA releases VE-900 Mini-ITX mainboard for DIY enthusiasts Published by: VR-Zone VIA Technologies on Friday released the VIA VE-900 Mini- ITX, a Mini-ITX Mainboard that the company says provides an ideal platform for DIY enthusiasts keen on building their own Mini-ITX home desktop and media center PCs. four-way SLI and CrossFireX according to the box, so we're guessing we're close to the actual slot configuration. In a prepared statement, Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc said: "November 6th marked the 10 year anniversary of the Mini-ITX form factor which spurred a revolution in the modding community." Brown observed that "the VIA VE-900 delivers an affordable, high performance Mini-ITX mainboard that will spur a new wave of inspiration and innovation in the next generation of enthusiasts." The VIA VE-900 Mainboard features a high-performance VIA Nano X2 dual core processor clocked at 1.4GHz and an onboard VIA VX900 unified all-in-one media system processor. The latter provides hardware acceleration for VC1, H.264 and WMV9 HD video for the system to output video at resolutions of up to 1080p via without incurring a heavy processor loading. The system's Mini-ITX format means the entire board measures just 17cm x 17cm, with two DIMM sockets for support of up to 8GB of DDR3 system memory. Video output ports are VGA and HDMI, while the VIA VT1708S chip provides 5.1 Channel high definition sound at 24-bit stereo with up to 192 kHz sample rates. On the rear panel I/O are standard PS/2 ports with a Gigabit LAN port and four USB 2.0 ports. Audio jacks for microphone, line-in and line-out rounds off the complement. Up to two hard disk drives are supported via the integrated SATA 3.0 Gb/s host controller, while a 32-bit PCI slot allows for a limited amount expansion. There are internal headers for four more USB 2.0 ports. The VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX Mainboard is currently shipping, though pricing information was not available at press time. More information about the VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX board can be found here . Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/via-releases-ve-900-mini-itx- mainboard-for-diy-enthusiasts/13945.html November 13th, 2011 HTC embraces ICS with Ville Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-embraces-ics-with- ville/13944.html 4

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November 13th, 2011 November 13th, 2011 HTC is reported to be preparing for an announcement of a new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone, which will also be the first ever to feature the HTC Sense 4.0. The official announcement of the new phone, codenamed HTC Ville, will occur at the Mobile World Congress next year in Barcelona, accompanied by the HTC Edge, which is a recently rumored Quad-core phone. The Ville sports a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED screen with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon Series 4 processor running under the hood. An 8-megapixel backside-illuminated camera with 1080 pixel HD video capture support will grace both the Ville and the Edge. It is said that the new smartphone will be missing the NFC feature as a result of its metal chassis, but on the other hand, it gives a sexy profile of just 8mm thick. The rest of its features include HSPA+ and Beats audio technology, all powered by a 1,650 mAh battery. AMD's Project WIN Strategy Revealed... Sort of Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-s-project-win-strategy-revealed...- sort-of/13938.html November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone A lot of media outlets posted stories based on mythical business strategy that was supposed to be revealed on November 9th, 2011. We have seen rumors about ARM processors, "the new AMD" etc. The truth is a bit different - and you might already know it. ItseemsthatHTChasironedouttheirpositionwithAndriod's new Ice Cream Sandwich mobile platform with this recent leak of a new phone they are working on, codenamed "Ville". This new addition to the HTC family gives a double dose of goodnessbyincludingtheHTCSenseUI4.0aswell,anupdate to the well received OS skin. The base for all of these stories is a letter to surviving employees from Rory P. Read, AMD's CEO . The quote is as follows: " transformation work we have underway, like Project WIN, will help drive operational improvements, increase efficiencies and lower our operating costs," followed by "I will share more insights into our strategy and path forward in my upcoming Worldcast on November 9th. The question is, what Project WIN actually is. Is it "AMD ditching X86 for ARM", is it "AMD preparing to sell the company"... while it may be all of that, the reason why you haven't heard a thing on November 9th was the sad fact there was nothing to announce. Accordingtooursources,sinceRoryfiredpracticallythewhole PR and Media team, and there was no person in command that could talk to the press and financial analysts about the announced Worldcast. Project WIN is actually an accounting review of the company. WIN was always about laying off the 1400 employees i.e. 12% of the company. During the planning stage, people involved pitched it as 10%, same percentage was what Intel did back in 2006 . In fact, 12% was always planned and those extra 2% represented an additional 20% to the overall layoff figure. Some of the people involved in the revision were laid off as well, a testament to how good they did their job. The purpose of the layoffs was the removal of bureaucracy that slowed down the innovation process inside the company, also known as "the AMD sludge" (we heard that particular term coming out of employees at Markham, Sunnyvale, closed Santa Clara office and Austin). AMD's CEO wants that the company becomes a whole lot faster and efficient. Our sources told us that the problem for this alleged strategy is that while the laying off two thirds of marketing was "an ok move", but the company got rid of large number of engineers as well, with more GPU engineers than CPU staying with the company. Sunnyvale and Markham are now GPU and Chipset centers, while Austin's CPU teams got seriously cut. One of problems ahead is the fact that a certain upcoming chip got cancelled as well, but not because it underperformed, but rather because the chief architect moved to a certain semiconductor vendor that is entangled in a patent battle 5

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November 13th, 2011 with Apple. He was joined by fellow engineers and there was nobody left to head the program. At current point in time, a lot of information coming out of former and current employees sounds like doom and gloom. Business-wise, outlook is a bit different. All we can say at this point is that AMD is making same executive changes as much bigger companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Boeing, General Motorsandmanymore.Ultimately,theyallcameoutstronger in the end. What Rory needs is a new spark in the engineering department. Will that spark happen? Your guess is as good as ours. Samsung to bring in Windows 8 tablet and notebook next year Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-to-bring-in-windows-8- tablet-and-notebook-next-year/13942.html Samsung will be releasing new Windows 8 mobile computers which target working professionals next year. The products will spearhead the change of various devices that rely on Windows as their platform instead of Android. Published by: VR-Zone and a 11.6-inch screen of 1366 by 768 pixels resolution, and could be the reference setup for future products. Samsung will likely target corporate clients first, in a bid to fend off Apple’s efforts in that segment, as well as other Android tablet manufacturers. The priority of the tech giant lies with updating the Series 7 with Windows 8 when the OS is released, so corporate customers and consumers who own them can be assured of Samsung’s commitments. Porsche Design unveils P'9981 smartphone from BlackBerry in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/porsche-design-unveils-p-9981- smartphone-from-blackberry-in-singapore/13941.html November 13th, 2011 November 13th, 2011 Yesterday evening at the Porsche Design store in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, the company unveiled the luxurious P'9981 smartphone from BlackBerry that features stainless steel frame, leather back cover, QWERTY keyboard, and crystal clear touchscreen display. The Porsche Design P'9981 is scheduled to retail in January 2012 with limited quantity. Samsung revealed in an interview that they will soon unveil a few products which will integrate Windows 8 as its primary platform. The first amongst them will be released in the later half of 2012, in time with Microsoft’s release of the OS itself. This adds to an already exciting series of launches for Windows-powered devices by various manufacturers, marking a new wave of adoption for an alternative platform to Google’s Android. This comes as no surprise since Samsung had already showed off a Series 7 Slate with a functional version of Windows 8 at the BUILD conference. The hardware displayed at the conference included the Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM 6

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November 13th, 2011 Designed by Porsche Design, in collaboration with RIM, the P'9981 smartphone from BlackBerry sports a forged stainless steel frame, hand-wrapped leather back cover, sculpted QWERTY keyboard, and crystal clear touchscreen display. Running the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system, the phone comes with exclusive Porsche Design user interface (UI) and a bespoke Wikitude World Browser augmented reality app experience. It also includes premium, exclusive PINsthathelpeasilyidentifyanotherP’9981smartphoneuser. The P'9981 is powered by 1.2 GHz processor and features high definition video recording, 24-bit high resolution graphics, and advanced sensors for new augmented reality applications. It also comes with 8GB of onboard memory and is expandable to 40GB with a micro SD card. According to the store manager of Porsche Design Singapore, there were already over 90 preorders for the P'9981 smartphone and counting. However, for such a luxurious, premiumphone,itwouldnotbesurprisingthatthecompanyis only bringing in very limited quantity. The local pricing is not available yet, though news reports state that the P'9981 will retailataroundUS$1,700(withGST)andwillreachSingapore in January 2012. 7 Published by: VR-Zone Toshiba Singapore launches PORTEGE Z830 Ultrabook, Qosmio DX730 AIO and REGZA tablets Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/toshiba-singapore-launches-portege- z830-ultrabook-qosmio-dx730-aio-and-regza-tablets/13933.html November 13th, 2011 Toshiba Singapore has launched their new PORTEGE Z830 Ultrabook,whichclaimstobetheworld’slightestandthinnest 13.3-Inch Ultrabook that weighs a mere 1.12kg. In addition to the slim ultra-portable notebook, the company also unveiled their new Qosmio DX730 All-in-One and REGZA AT100 and AT1S0 Android tablets. Toshiba PORTÉGÉ Z830

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November 13th, 2011 Toshiba has unveiled their PORTÉGÉ Z830 Ultrabook series that boasts a mere 1.12kg and measures only 15.9mm thin. It claims to be about 20 percent lighter and 40 percent thinner than their award-winning ultraportable PORTÉGÉ R830 series. The PORTÉGÉ Z830 series are powered by second generation Intel Core processors (Core i5 and Core i7 variants)with DDR3 memory, whichprovide the performance necessary for work and entertainment, as well as having improved power management for long battery life. Despite having such slim form factor, the PORTÉGÉ Z830 does not compromise on connectivity; it features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity plus a selection of full-size ports including VGA, HDMI and USB ports, one of which is a USB 3.0 port. The Toshiba PORTÉGÉ Z830 will retail from 24 November, which is also the start of SITEX Show 2011, at S$1,999 for the Intel Core i5 model and S$2,599 for the Intel Core i7 model. Toshiba REGZA AT1S0 and REGZA AT100 Published by: VR-Zone Toshiba Singapore Digital Products and Services Group has launched the company’s first Android-powered tablets, REGZA AT1S0 and REGZA AT100. The AT100 (above pic) offers a 10.1-inch diagonal LED display while the AT1S0 offers a7-inchdiagonaldisplay,thoughbothsupport1280x800pixel resolution in 16:10 aspect ratio. Preloaded with Android 3.1 Honeycomb, the AT100 is powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor and comes with 1GB DDR2 RAM and internal memory of up to 32GB. It has a 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, USB2.0, mini USB, HDMI out, SD card reader and a docking port. Other features include Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth, HSPA+(3.5G),GPS,3DAccelerometer,gyrometer,electronics compass and ambient light sensor. The AT1S0 runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb and incorporates similar features of its AT100 sibling - Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB DDR2 RAM, internal memory of up to 16GB, 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, mini-USB, micro-HDMI, micro-SD and docking port. The7-inchAT1S0willcomewithapricetagofS$799,whilefor those who prefer a larger display can opt for the AT100 which will retail at S$699. Yes, the 10.1-inch tablet is S$100 cheaper than the 7-inch. And both REGZA tablets should be available at the SITEX Show 2011. Toshiba Qosmio DX730 8

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November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone in-one PC features a large 23-inch Full high definition multi- touch display and comes with matching wireless keyboard with 10-key numeric keypad and matching wireless mouse. With the HDMI-in port, users can connect to a game console and enjoy the latest games on the PC via its bright and responsive display. The Qosmio DX730 is equipped with second generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, up to 16GB DDR3 memory, up to 2TB hard drive, one USB 3.0 port with USB Sleep and Charge, one USB 3.0 port and four USB 2.0 ports. The all-in- one PC also includes a built-in DVD SuperMulti or Blu-Ray ROM drive. Scheduled to retail at the SITEX Show 2011, the Toshiba Qosmio DX730 is an all-in-one desktop PC will have a price tag of S$1,549 for the Intel Core i5 (black only) model and S$1,999 for the Intel Core i7 (white only) model. NVIDIA reports strong Q3 results Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-reports-strong-q3- results/13939.html November 13th, 2011 NVIDIA has reported financial results for their Q3 FY2012, for the period Aug 1st 2011 to Oct 31st 2011. Compared to the previous quarter, revenue increased by 5% to $1.07 billion, with net income up by 17% to $178.3 million. That isalso more than double net income compared to Q3 FY2011. NVIDIAhasreportedfinancialresultsfortheirQ3FY2012,for the period Aug 1st 2011 to Oct 31st 2011. Compared to the previous quarter, r evenue increased by 5% to $1.07 billion, with net income up by 17% to $178.3 million. That isalso more than double net income compared to Q3 FY2011. Gross margins were up to 52.2%, from 46.5% in the same period last year. In addition to some major Tegra 2 design wins - particularly in the Android tablet market - President & CEO Jen-Hsun Huang reported strong demand by gamers and the professional market. As expected, the mobile business also accelerated significantly with strong demand for Optimus enabled GPUs tied to weak Sandy Bridge graphics. Looking forward to Q4 FY 2012, or the period from Nov 1st 2011 to Jan 31st 2012, NVIDIA expects revenue and gross margins to be flat. This quarter will, of course, see the release of Tegra 3 and the first GeForce 600 family GPUs. More information available at NVIDIA Press Room . New BBX phone to be RIM's saving grace? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-bbx-phone-to-be-rim-s-saving- grace-/13925.html November 13th, 2011 < The Toshiba Qosmio DX730 is an all-in-one desktop PC that boasts premium audio, video and computing performance. Available in Precious Black or Luxe White variations, the all- AnewphonefromResearchInMotion(RIM)sportingthenew BBX platform will emerge soon, and the company claims that it will have functionalities which are similar to the PlayBook. Thisremainstobeseenasthephoneissaidtoonlybereleased in the first half of 2012 Determined not to be left behind despite recent setbacks, Research In Motion (RIM) has announced that its next generation superphone will be due early next year. The new phone will retain the resolution of 1024 by 600 at 16:9 aspect ratio from PlayBook, all housed into neat pocket-sized package. "Look, if you build [an app] for the PlayBook, then it will run on BBX. We have maintained aspect ratios, BBX also has the ability to upload multiple dimension graphics … [and the standard resolutions] are the same as PlayBook," Alec Saunders, VP of developer relations and ecosystem development, RIM, said. The statement may imply that alternative screen sizes and resolutions are in the works as well, and that there are plans for future BBX phones to see the well recognized screen and keyboard design making its return shortly. Rumoured to be a 4-inch 'mini-tablet' codenamed “Colt” earlier this year, Saunders mentioned that there will be BES support, as with previous phones. This puts away previous rumours stating otherwise. "I think you're seeing an evolution 9

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November 13th, 2011 of a platform … you should not expect [BBX] to be behind the PlayBook". While it is able to match the abilities of the PlayBook with its native email support, it may not be released before the PlayBook 2.0, which is expected to launch in February 2012. ThebrandnewOSwillrepresenteverydevicefromBlackBerry henceforth, while bringing 2D and 3D gaming onboard. It also promises to support the new Cascades UI Framework and Android apps. Adobe Flash for mobile comes to a grinding halt Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/adobe-flash-for-mobile-comes-to-a- grinding-halt/13924.html November 13th, 2011 Adobe's long stand for Flash's viability comes to a conclusion when they announced the end of their efforts for developing Flashformobiledevices.AppleiOSsupportersgettheirvictory following the fulfilment of Steve's opinion in April 2010, but is this victory just for Apple fans? mobile platforms, and that further updates to any patches and security issues will be limited after the release of version 11.1, for both Android and BlackBerry Playbook. License holders who possess the source code may develop independently, but Adobe commented that they will no longer support newer mobile platform, web software or hardware. Adobe will instead put their effort into enabling developers to utilize Adobe Air 3 for integrating Flash with native apps. It will also tackle its mobile development arm with HTML5, which the late Steve Jobs had previously predicted to be more viable. 10 Published by: VR-Zone This seems to come at a time when Adobe mentioned its cut on their workforce by 750 employees in both Europe and US, following the layoffs already made during 2008 and 2009. What was once a dominant Internet support platform was proven otherwise when Cupertino devices processed and delivered content to users satisfactorily, and that the overwhelming successes of these mobile products actually led many content providers to reconsider and use other open platforms such as HTML5 and H.264 video instead. Speculations also suggest that a major factor in Adobe’s decision was that Microsoft and its products, namely Window Phone and Windows 8, clearly did not support Flash. It is easy to infer that in view of an inevitably shrinking slice of pie, Adobe decided this is the best way to cut back losses. Adobe held their stand for Flash for four years thus far, and while they were denied existence on iOS for that duration, support was growing steadily on Android devices, so much so that many hardware manufacturers market Flash as a feature for their products. At a time when hardware advancements have enough processing power which made Flash more viable in terms of performance, this announcement disappoints its supporters. On the other hand, however, mobile Flash coming to an end may be a sign for a step towards a more open mobile Internet with a better standardization of platforms, as hardware and software developers are no longer leashed to a restrictions placed by Adobe. Perhaps in the near future the utilization of HTML5 and other open platforms may indeed inspire more innovation which is truly by everyone, for everyone. Apple iOS 5.0.1 released with battery bug fix, security updates Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-ios-5.0.1-released-with-battery- bug-fix-security-updates/13932.html November 13th, 2011 Adobe states that Flash will henceforth be withdrawn from all The iOS update expected to resolve problems in the battery consumption observed on devices such as the newly launched iPhone 4S was released last night. iOS 5.0.1 arrives slightly earlierthanexpected; whenAppleadmittedearlierthismonth to "a few bugs" affecting battery life, the company had pegged the timeframe for a fix at "a few weeks."

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November 13th, 2011 The iOS 5.0.1 update can be installed over-the-air, a new capability found only in iOS 5. To initiate it, just go to the Settings App, ‘General' à ‘Software Update'. The update process worked seamlessly for me, completing in about five minutes. The software update will automatically reboot your iOS device when done. Unfortunately, the battery issue does not appear to be fixed for some. Already, a number of disgruntled users have logged on at the Apple Support Communities to complain that their battery is draining at the same rate. On other hand, reports from other users say the improvement in the battery life of their iPhone has been significant. Reader DonaldKuntzman-whohadanearlypreviewofiOS5.0.1,told Wired that: "Frankly, the difference is nothing short of amazing... To go almost an entire day without a change in the meter reading seems unbelievable. Where before I could almost watch the battery drain, now it doesn't move at all." Battery fix aside, the update also patched five security vulnerabilities, including one revealed by prominent security researcher Charlie Miller earlier in the week. Miller had released an app onto the App Store which exploited an undisclosed flaw to ‘sideload' arbitrary and unauthorized code from external sites. Such a vulnerability would have far-reaching ramifications to the walled-garden security of the App Store, allowing hackers to circumvent Apple's strict approval process with Trojan apps. Asitis,Miller'sstuntswiftlyearnedhimtheireofApple, and the company has since banned Miller from its developer's program . Other improvements in iOS 5.0.1 include multitasking gestures added to the first-gen iPad, improved voice recognition for Australian users using dictation, and tweaks to resolve "some issues with Documents in the Cloud." Nokia showcases Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 Windows Phone 7.5 in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-showcases-lumia-800-and- lumia-710-windows-phone-7.5-in-singapore/13927.html 11 Published by: VR-Zone November 13th, 2011 The new Nokia Lumia Windows 7.5 phones were unveiled at theNokiaWorldtwoweeksago,andyesterday,thelocalmedia weretreatedtoashowcaseofthenewphones.Forthoseofyou whoarewonderingwhentheNokiaLumia800andLumia710 aregoingtobeavailable,well,thecompanymentionedthatthe phones will retail before end of year.

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November 13th, 2011 The Nokia Lumia 800 resembles the N9 Meego-based phone at first glance, and the main differences are the preinstalled WindowsPhone7.5Mango,thestandardtouchbuttons(back, Start and search) below the display, and an additional camera mode/shutter button on the right which is absent on the N9. At the top holds the 3.5mm audio jack, as well as microUSB and microSIM card slots. Navigating the Windows Phone is fast, despite being powered by a 1.4 Ghz single core MSM8255 processor. Nokia claims the battery life can last up to a day or more before the need to recharge, depending on usage. Other features include a 3.7 inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display, 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics and LED flash, high definition video playback, 16GBinternalusermemoryand25GBoffreeSkyDrivestorage for storing images and music. Nokia has also included their own apps such as Nokia Drive, a free, turn-by-turn navigation app for drivers; Nokia Music that allows users to listen and purchase their favorite songs. The Nokia Lumia 800 will be available in cyan, magenta and black.Localpricingdetailshavenotbeenconfirmed,thoughat Nokia World, the phone was reported to have a retail price of €420 (approximately S$740), excluding taxes and subsidies. Published by: VR-Zone physical back, Start and search buttons below the 3.7-inch touchscreen display. Local pricing for the Nokia Lumia 710 isn't available yet, but it was reported to have a retail price of €270 (approximately S$475), excluding taxes and subsidies. Both the Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 are scheduled to be in retail stores before end of this year. Corsair launches Marvell based Performance Pro line of SSDs Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-launches-marvell-based- performance-pro-line-of-ssds/13931.html November 13th, 2011 We're not sure how many different SSD configurations we need, but Corsair has announced its Performance Pro series based on Marvell's controller. Despite the name, the Performance Pro series won't be competing with the SandForce based Force series of SSDs from Corsair when it comes to raw benchmark numbers, but with all the SandForce related firmware issues, some users are looking for alternativesandthisiswherethePerformanceProseriesseem to fit in. We're not sure how many different SSD configurations we need, but Corsair has announced its Performance Pro series based on Marvell's controller. Despite the name, the Performance Pro series won't be competing with the SandForce based Force series of SSDs from Corsair when it comes to raw benchmark numbers, but with all the SandForce related firmware issues, some users are looking for alternativesandthisiswherethePerformanceProseriesseem to fit in. Corsair is currently only offering a 128 and a 256GB version of the Performance Pro series and sadly the performance isn't what we'd call mind blowing with the 128GB SKU being rated at 500MB/s for sequential reads and 340MB/s for sequentialwrites.The256GBSKUbettersthesenumberswith sequential read speeds of up to 515MB/s and write speeds of up to 440MB/s, but the write performance still falls short of the 500MB/s+ we're seeing from SandForce based SSDs. This is despite the fact that Corsair is using what it calls "Supercharged Synchronous NAND" in both drives. The Nokia Lumia 710 is designed for the trendy users in mind as it allows personalizationwith itsexchangeable colored back covers;itisavailableinblackandwhitewithblack,white,cyan, fuchsia and yellow back covers. Like its Lumia 800 sibling, this one also incorporates 1.4GHz processor though the rear camera is a 5-megapixel instead. The phone also comes with 12

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November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone ARM announces the Mali-T658 GPU core Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/arm-announces-the-mali-t658-gpu- core/13930.html November 13th, 2011 It's somewhat amusing when you consider how far ahead of actual product availability that ARM announces upcoming solutions, although as an IP only company ARM might not have a lot of direct competitors when it comes to its CPU cores,buttoday'supcomingGPUannouncementisanentirely different kettle of fish. As ARM allows its partners to use whatever components and building blocks they want, ARM is competing with several companies when it comes the GPU cores in ARM based SoC's and as such the company needs to try and stay ahead of the competition. It's somewhat amusing when you consider how far ahead of actual product availability that ARM announces upcoming solutions, although as an IP only company ARM might not have a lot of direct competitors when it comes to its CPU cores,buttoday'supcomingGPUannouncementisanentirely different kettle of fish. As ARM allows its partners to use whatever components and building blocks they want, ARM is competing with several companies when it comes the GPU cores in ARM based SoC's and as such the company needs to try and stay ahead of the competition. Its latest GPU related announcement is of a product that we're not likely to see in products until 2013, as ARM has another GPU core that will arrive ahead of the Mali-T658 called the Mali-T604 which is the replacement of the current Mali-400. The Mali-T604 is likely to end up in the first quad core Cortex-A9 SoC's built on 32 and 28nm and is based on a new architecture that ARM calls Midgard (based on Nordic mythology) whereas the Mali-400 was part of the Utgard architecture. What's worse is that the Performance Pro series is expensive with a list price of US$279.99 (S$365) for the 128GB model andaneyewateringUS$529.99(S$685)forthe256GBmodel. This should be compared to a list price of US$264.99 for the 120GBForceSeriesGTandUS$539.99forthe240GBversion, both of which offer vastly superior performance, at least on paper. We're scratching our heads here a little bit, especially asCrucial'sm4SSDscanbehadforUS$209.99for128GBand US$410.99 for 256GB, both of which should offer comparable performance, yet somehow ends up being a lot cheaper. We really can't follow Corsair's pricing on the Performance Pro series, as both models seem quite overpriced if we're simply looking at the specifications, but we'd have to put a drive through its paces before we'd draw any final judgement. ARM claims that the Mali-T658 will offer up to 10 times thegraphicsperformancecomparedto"mainstreamMali-400 MP implementations" although the company doesn't go into any greater explanation as to which kind of implementation it's referring to. The problem here is that the Mali-400 comes in single, dual and quad "core" configurations and if the Mali- T658 is 10 times as fast as what we're seeing in something like Samsung's implementation of the Mali-400 MP in its Exynos then we're looking at an incredibly powerful GPU, but if it's compared to a simpler implementation, then it won't be quite as impressive. Furthermore, ARM is claiming four times the GPU compute performance compared to the Mali-T604 which is said to offer 68GFLOPS of compute performance in what's presumed to be a four core design at high clock speeds. That said, the Mali- T658 will be scalable to up to eight cores which looks pretty impressiverightnow,butweshouldn'tforgetthecompetition. Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series5XT GPU which is already available can scale to 16 cores, it's just a matter of someone implementing into an ARM based SoC. 13

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November 13th, 2011 As far as software support is concerned, ARM is claiming that the Mali-T658 will support DirectX 11, OpenGL ES, OpenVG, OpenCL, DirectCompute and Renderscript. That's most of the major API's and as far as software developers are concerned the good news here is that the Mali-T604 and Mali-T658 will use common drivers of which the end result should be better software compatibility and a quicker and easier transition to the new GPU core. ARM has listed Fujitsu, LG, Nufront and Samsung as its launch partners, although others are likely to follow once we get closer to actual products. In related news, Samsung has announced that it has licensed ImaginationTechnologiesPowerVRSGXMPcoretechnology. As to what this means in the long term will be interesting to see, but it suggests that Samsung is trying to make sure it can offerthebestGPUcorepossiblewithwhatevernextgeneration ARM based SoC the company is working on. There's no doubt that the ARM space is where it's happening at the moment and with Windows 8 expected to end up on quite a few ARM powered devices, it looks like we're got quite an interesting future ahead of us when it comes to low power mobile computing. IDT unveils touch screen controller that uses DisplayPort AUX channel Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/idt-unveils-touch-screen-controller- that-uses-displayport-aux-channel/13929.html November 13th, 2011 One of many reasons why touch screens aren't taking off on largerscreendevicesisthecostandpartofthatcostisbecause a special touch screen controller with its own interface is needed. Now IDT has come up with a solution that might help toreducetheoverallcostoftouchscreens,bytakingadvantage of the AUX channel in the DisplayPort interface. 14 Published by: VR-Zone One of many reasons why touch screens aren't taking off on largerscreendevicesisthecostandpartofthatcostisbecause a special touch screen controller with its own interface is needed. Now IDT has come up with a solution that might help toreducetheoverallcostoftouchscreens,bytakingadvantage of the AUX channel in the DisplayPort interface. DisplayPort comes in two different shapes, the external connector that used to connect a PC or a notebook to a screen and eDP or embedded DisplayPort which is set to replace LVDS signalling in notebooks and tablets among other things. All DisplayPort standards have an AUX channel which in DisplayPort 1.2 got boosted to 720Mbps, up from a paltry 1Mbps in version 1.0 and 1.1. This has allowed IDT to run all the touch interface signals through the AUX channel with its latest touch new touch-over-AUX Embedded DisplayPort 1.3 (eDP™)-based timing controller (TCON) as the company likes to call it. The TCON is an all-in-one solution in as much as it's both a touch screen controller and a timing controller for the display itself, reducing overall component count which results in overall lower cost. Another cost saving feature by using the AUX channel of the eDP interface is that there's no longer any need to run an additional USB interface to the display to act as the touch screen interface with the system and this also helps to simplify the overall system design. IDT is currently working with partners to get its new solution into products thatshouldhopefullyappearonthemarketnextyear.Theonly downside we can see at the moment is the unwillingness of the display panel makers to move away from LVDS to eDP, as this ispreventingamovetowardsasimplerandmoreuserfriendly display interface from actually taking place. Hands on with the Fujitsu Lifebook SH771 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hands-on-with-the-fujitsu-lifebook- sh771/13928.html

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